Monday, April 14, 2008

Progress and Research ideas

My intro re-write is, I think, a bit of a success. Well, to my own eyes it is; no one else has read the new-and-improved version yet. And truthfully, since I just finished parts of it at 10:30 last night, my own opinion is far too close to really see it. There is no longer any sort of surprise as to the true setting--a modern day Renn Faire., and I think it flows a bit better. It definitely improved my ability to include the character's thoughts, as they obviously know that they're not in 14th century Europe, but rather in dressed-up midwestern fair grounds. The re-write is longer than the original--I didn't do a word-count comparison, but the new version is 21 and 8300 words pages vs 15 pages and ??? words in the old one. I have seen an estimate of 250 words to a "manuscript page", but that calculation is completely inappropriate for my pages--I think it assumes that you're doublespaced, and I know for a fact that this file is not. Heck, I don't even indent my paragraphs (a habit I abandoned years ago writing technical stuff. I'm lucky that I remember not to number my paragraphs some days...1.1 Purpose of this document 1.1.1 Background 1.1.2 References 1.1.3 Our story finally begins).

I think that I had a brilliant idea for a post last night, that was not just an update on my WIP. This morning, I have absolutely no idea what it is. It might have been about wikipedia. That site is awesome. Want a photo of renaissance armor? How about a nice diversion reading about German jewels stolen after WWII? Actually, there are whole articles about real thefts of artwork throughout the ages...hmmm..fodder for future story ideas...


Robin said...

Hi Kristi! Congrats on the successful rewrite! Isn't that a great feeling? And thanks for visiting my site today! It's nice to meet you. I did NaNoWriMo for the first time last year and loved it! Never in a million years would I have thought I could write that many words in one month. But I did!

Best of luck with your story! Happy writing.

Pam said...


Hi! I found you from Robin's blog and any friend of Robin (and of Wikipedia!) is a friend of mine. I'm looking forward to digging through some past blogs of yours--after a swing through romantic comedy, I'm back to my epic historicals and love the majesty! Yours sounds just lush! Please come visit me--I'd love it! (I'm actually at Wordpress but the link is on my Blogger post.)

Kristi said...

Hey Kristi - good luck with the rewrite!! Sounds like a fantastic book ... I love reading historical/medievals but couldn't write one to save my life!

come back and visit the blog any time... :)