Larry and I met with Katrina on Monday and Thursday this week to continue the editing process of the novel. We have made it through about a third of the book so far. I’m not sure what I expected from this but I certainly am surprised at the amount of work that she has put in to help us make the book a better read. We are still going page by page and sometimes line by line to get the job done. After we have finished listening and taking notes on all her suggestions it will be up to us to either use them of ignore them. As far as I’m concerned, she has a lot of valid points and at a minimum we are going to have to restructure the plotline as well as developing some of our characters more extensively. We especially need to work on our main detective, at the moment he is a little one dimensional. Fixing the grammatical errors has turned out to be the least part of the editing process. For some reason, knowing that this was both our first attempts at writing a book, there would be a lot more. A good portion of the grammatical errors are simple typing errors. That makes me feel better as I work on honing my skills as a writer.
Before the Thursday session, the Writers’ Group met to discuss another work by our guest author, Rinda Payne. Not sure if I mentioned it before but she, like the rest of us, is a beginner as far as works of fiction are concerned. This will be her third piece and her improvement from the first is phenomenal. Her works center around the spiritual aspects of the Q´ero, an indigenous group in Peru considered the descendants of the Inca. As always, we had a lot to say on how the story could be improved in a constructive manner. I’ve had a couple of inquiries from other people planning on moving to Peru who would like to join our group and are interested in writing fiction. It would be nice to have about six people in the group.
I managed to work on one of my short stories and get more work done on the novella I am writing during the between days. It was nice being able to add a few thousand words on these two pieces. I had set them aside for awhile; the editing on the book taking up all my time. I still need to spend a day on my own, editing the pieces I don’t like. I’ve also started a new short story for the Group’s blog. I’ve tentatively titled it, “The Fisherman and the Fish.” If it continues along the path that I have started, it will be a story about friendship and betrayal. I have discovered that when I write, a story doesn’t always end up the way I originally planned for it to.
Last but not least, I purchased and watched a movie this past week. It’s the one with Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler. It was cute, had a few funny moments and the ending was soooooo predictable. I give it 2½ llamas, but only because I have a crush on Jennifer. I’m really glad I bought the movie (about $0.90) instead of seeing it in the theater (about $4.50). That’s it till next time. I hope you all have a great weekend, I plan on going to the ballet on Sunday.
BTW, the photos are from a visit I made to the skate park in Miraflores last weekend.