How to Self Edit a Novel + The Business of Writing | Behind the Scenes Vlog #1

How to Self Edit a Novel + The Business of Writing | Behind the Scenes Vlog #1


hello, everybody, I’m here waiting for
Roland and I’m going to have lunch with him and then I’m going to do some work
day afternoon I had probably the worst morning maybe 90% of it was my fault
I slept in and I didn’t manage to sort eat breakfast and get ready pack my bag
by 11:00 and then as I went around and closed our apartment the world’s dumbest
bumblebee flew into the bedroom and it got itself trapped up against the
window and I wouldn’t leave I guess I had a really mental moment where I was
like panicked I’m like scared of bumblebees and I’m also also allergic to
bees too so I sort of panicked called Roland and I was like “I can’t leave because there’s a bumblebee.’ And, he said “just closed the window” So, yeah, a perfect solution, a simple one. This is actually the first time I’ve been able to record a video since I
think before my birthday. On the 24th of May I had dental implant surgery so I had a
titanium implant inserted into my upper jaw and my lower jaw and some crazy
reason I thought in a couple of days and be able to film a video and yeah that
was foolishness because much my cheek was like puffy I mean it wasn’t quite
chipmunk style but it was sort of getting there and then I had like puffy
look really puffy under eye and then I had bruising and it hurt to talk, smile,
laugh. It still… laughing really does hurt. so um and I’ve got stitches
so which is why I’m sort of getting a lot of pain in my mouth so I sort of
feel like that I owe you guys a video so I’m gonna do like a
maybe not day in the life but like a weekly vlog for you guys just to sort of
say thanks for being patient with me um yes I’m going to show you the behind the
scenes what it would like to write and edit and prepare a book for publication which is basically what I do I mean also have other things that I do but I’m just
going to show you the things that relate to being writer and maybe any every
maybe other to the interesting things that I do that are worth documenting so
obviously that all the boring parts and to show you the interesting things so
Roland and I decided to go to the… one of the large Google cafeterias for lunch and
what you’re seeing right here is a margherita calzone and over am a
smoothie a lot of fruit a tropical fruit based smoothie. so after lunch, Roland and I went quieter
working areas within the Google headquarters. There’s quite a few places.
There’s lots of cafes, cafeterias. There’s like a coffee shop right at the top and
there are a few other working places where you can work this particular but
they aren’t all accessible for non Google’s so Roland and I like to go to
this really quiet area where we are here and because this is a Friday, I devote
the first part of my working day to working on things in my business. So here I’m
curating content for my social media platforms and then after this I do a
little bit of training and then I worked on one of my free products which is
called how to outline a novel at the moment I’m doing an outline to my how to
outline a novel book. That’s what I’m doing right here. So, Roland and I are at the Breakfast
Club and I ordered a club sandwich thinking it was going to be… you know I did ask them and she said it was quite big. So I thought maybe it’s like… a large sandwich But it’s like a tower. Yeah, so my sandwich is a tower. Roland was really sensible and ordered an eggs benedict Oh, and he got little potatoes with his order. I only ended up eating half that sandwich for obvious reasons I’m really excited because Roland and I
are now going to the cinema and we’re going to see Wonder Woman. It didn’t
take me to much convincing to get you to see it no I think it was your idea yeah
I wanted to go see it. I’ve never really um the only time I’ve ever seen
Wonder Woman anything is like they used to have like DC comic cartoons on the TV
in the morning around 7:00 a.m. in Australia. I can’t remember what channel it was, so I’m really excited. hello everybody, so yesterday I went to
my local Waterstones with Roland. I went there with the intention of helping
Roland look for a gift for one of his relatives and I am and because I’m a
huge lover and hoarder of books I ended up leaving with these.
I actually forgot to film and Waterstones because, um, I don’t know I
guess the combination of an I’m a bit of an idiot and I just completely forgot I was filming
this weekly video for you guys which is really terrible so I thought I would
spend a few quick seconds going through the books that I brought the first book
I purchased is called no middle name by Lee Child it’s a very beautiful hardback
Edition and it’s actually a collection of short stories. I actually saw this one
in the front sort of display window of Waterstones. My local Waterstones has
like a ton of books there and it’s sort of like a trap you sort of see the
window and easily get sucked in and this is what happens so I brought this this
purely because it’s a collection of and complete stories featuring Jack Reacher
I was actually thinking about doing a very similar thing with my with my
character James Lalonde. So I purchased this purely because I was interested in
figuring out how Lee Child wrote these short stories and whether this
particular anthology has a particular theme or if he just put a collection of
sort of short stories in here and publish them for his fans.
So, that’s why I purchased this book the second book is called honeymoon by… I’ll
show you the front cover fares it’s called honeymoon by Tina Ceskis I’m
pretty sure you don’t pronounce the “S” maybe not maybe I’m wrong. I actually found this book, as you can see it was buy one get one half price. What made me purchase
this book was um, was basically the blurb at the back. It’s sort of, it’s
basically about a woman who goes on honeymoon
to the Maldives and her husband goes missing like he sort of goes missing
without a trace what drew me to the book was the
fact that it’s sort of said honeymoon and I’m about to get married next month
in July so I was quite curious as to how this book would play out and there is
something interesting about people going missing I find that fascinating. I know that’s
possibly a bit weird but that’s why I purchased that book. The next one is
Private Delhi by James Patterson and it’s by James Patterson he’s co-authored
it with someone and unfortunately I didn’t actually research how to
pronounce their name. This is so bad. So basically I have a few private books
of the private series in my collection. I have private Paris and I’ve also I read
the first book in this series which is ironically called private. I sort
of found that first book it had quite a few plot lines and because of that I
found it really complicated and I did find the lead character a key bit cliche but
um I don’t particularly just want to write a series off by, write an entire series of
books off because of the one because I didn’t like one book. So it does
sometimes it does take you maybe a book or two just to get used to the character
as it evolves. I thought because he’s such a huge writer in my genre and he’s
basically one of the best-selling in my genre, I sort of need to read him and
figure out why people like it so I can put my own spin on that in my own books.
And, the fourth book is called the Glass I just called the Glass Sword by Victoria
Aveyard. I think I just butchered that, no I definitely butchered that. So basically
this is the second book in the Red Queen series. A couple months, maybe was about a month ago now I went to my local Waterstones and I was talking to one of
the sales assistants there about and this particular story idea had
I story idea that I had and it was basically a medieval-style fantasy book
and protag– and the protagonist for that particular book idea was he’s about
20. So he’s quite young to be featured in an adult book now sort of thinking is this
suitable for YA and I was talking to him about, not that young adult is a genre
it’s more of a reading it’s an audience so what the young adult audience sort of
expected and he pointed out to me that it’s not just young adults that…
it’s not people in their late teens that read this, its people of all ages so I’ve
picked up this book the first time I went I picked up the Red Queen I’m not
going to pull that out but slow down here it sort of doubt I have a pile of
books next to my desk I don’t want to sort of create a massive noise I have to
edit out in this vlog. So yes I purchased the… the Red Queen I’m going to read this
because the interesting thing about the medieval period. It is a quite violent
period so I can’t avoid violence so this is sort of in a similar um genre of YA that my book would possibly be in So, I want to read these particular books, sort of get a general idea of how much violence and I guess standard that that this book sets
or figure out does is is my book similar you know, I don’t particularly want you know letters from angry parents saying it looks a too violent my kid found your
book and it’s too violent I don’t particularly want that so if it’s not
why I’m going to have to fiddle with the story idea and maybe possibly make him a
little bit older or maybe not. Yeah. Those of the four books I purchased in Waterstones. If you’re interested in these I’ll put a link in the description box
below. So my writing goal for this week is to
finish revising my thriller novel immunity it’s actually the first book in
this series but I’ve written a prequel and I’m also going to write another
shorter story just for people to sort of enjoy until this particular book is
actually ready. It provides a bit of background information to the
people to sort of get to know James Lalonde and I guess you’d say sort of
create a connection with him. So the way I revised my novel was I finished imm…
I finished writing Immunity, I think in October last year then I sort of wrote
silence and I took a break in December January and I got back to writing in
February and when I sort of found that I think I found the whole revision and
editing process really sort of daunting that there’s a lot of very vague
information out there about how to revise a novel and I found none of this
information useful because it’s very surface level so I had to go through
into the create I decided to create a checklist or a list of questions to ask
myself so as I went through and revised my novel I would pay attention to these
particular story elements so when I compiled the checklist it was really
long and I thought I’m not going to be able to do all of this at once, So I… I broke the checklist down into little segments, groups of segments
so it turns out there’s about nine different segments to the heavy… to edit
and I refer to this as a heavy fiction edit so the last one is is a proofread
so I’m just going through so number eight is a line edit and it pays
attention to the type the word usage and that’s where I sort of check out
repetitive word usage and I mean repetitive word usage and in a bad way
you can use repetition to sort of create vivid imagery with writing but it can
also be done quite badly where your just using the same types of words over and
over again and that’s what I’ll be checking, looking paying attention to in
heavy edit number 8. So when I hand it to my developmental editor it’s not riddled with errors so I’m doing, you know, the best possible job I can with my manuscript
and then my developmental editor is going to take it to the next level. At
the moment so the first stage of the Heavy Edit is just a read through and write down
first impressions and the things that jump out to me at that time and then I
start looking at second edit is a larger view of the novel. I look at a look at
the novel… as a whole and so I think it’s a satisfying read and that’s
when I sort of that’s when I sort of realised I had a few plot holes in my
novel and that’s perfectly normal so what I did was I realised I needed to
create a few write a few scenes and in total is about I think six or seven,
iron out those plot holes bring about a few satisfying resolutions and I
realized I the way I left my novel I didn’t return James back to his world, you know, his ordinary world which is what you’re supposed to do. Your supposed
to start a character off in the ordinary world and you’re supposed to return them to that world differently and I didn’t I didn’t quite do that so I wrote a couple
of extra extra scenes just showing that and the reason why there’s two is the
thing I’m writing is thriller the things I have a really short, fast-paced and
that’s why if it there’s two and not one and there’s a reason why there’s two
as well. I guess the last one’s really like an epilogue. So that’s what I did
today when I started the vlog I realised that I went through and I recorded all
the stuff that I was doing today with my writing and then I realized I didn’t do
an introduction so I’m super sorry so that’s why this particular vlog will
seem a little bit out of sync. So basically what I’m doing in this clip is
I’m actually writing the scene. There’s actually step that I do before, I
actually start writing these scenes I tend to flesh out the scene in Scrivener
which is the computer program that I’m currently using. So what I mean by that
is I write a whole list of notes, these things need to happen in this scene for it, the scene before and the scene after and the rest of the book to be able to
make sense. So I write a whole list of notes for myself to guide me through writing
the scene and then you’ll see on the far right hand side there’s like there’s
like a little synopsis up there to guide me and then there’s a whole bunch of
notes down the bottom right hand corner and these are sort of the value shifts
in the in the scene and what I mean by that is how the scene begins how it ends
I talk about types of conflict that’s in the scene and then I write out the
question that I want the reader to be asking themselves as the scene closes
and then I’ve reiterated the cliffhanger they leave the scene on so that’s what
I’m sort of doing here and then after I did all that I went right thing which is
why you’ve seen me writing a paragraph above a bunch/list of words. Hello everybody and happy Friday. This
morning I focused on the business side of writing. Yes
writing is a business I know business can sound like a scary word especially
for people who consider themselves creative but I swear it isn’t so this
morning I went through and I updated my cash-flow spreadsheet which is basically
the money that comes in and goes out of my business.
so I think it’s really important to monitor cash-flow this does come… my
habit of doing this it does come from…I spend about 10 or 11 years working in
finance so I love spreadsheets I’ve been unable to drop my habit of monitoring
cash-flow so I do that for both of my businesses and obviously myself personally. I like to see how I’m spending my money. I do put some categories on
these things so I can see an overview of what I’ve spent so far for the year and then just
in total so I think it’s really important to monitor to monitor things
because I believe that if you fail to monitor something it won’t grow. so if
you’re not aware of how you’re spending money in your business you’ll probably
be spending more money than what you actually have and if this isn’t like… it
is common to have a deficit business usually the first year you can spend
more money than what you actually make and some and this is actually quite
normal you do have to have a certain you do have to invest in your business I
think that’s really important and if you have like a writing career and you want
to make money telling stories then you know this is applicable for that as well
we have you almost have to invest in your own career before you can really
start to make money it’s just one of those necessary things so that’s what I
did this morning I do that every week on a Friday morning and what I did next was
with this business like all my other businesses that I have had I’ve been
putting off creating a sales funnel for this business mainly because it’s like I
just want to write and talk about writing just be ridiculous because in
order for me to you know make money I have to sort of create a system to be
able to do that and what a sales panel is let me briefly
explain what a sales funnel is so a sales funnel explains basically how your
audience will find your business how you intend on building that know like and
trust factor and I like and trust factor is basically the marketing terms that
sort of explains how the process people take in order to buy from the business
and then obviously the last part of the sales funnel is the actual funnel so if
you do have Google searches probably see a lot of diagrams of a upside down
triangle and basically the concept of it is is the first the widest part of the
triangle is your free or cheapest product in the case of the book like if
you were writing books that that that white as part of your sales funnel
probably will be a free book and next step underneath that will be you know if
your ebooks then it might be sort of like paperbacks or hardbacks and then the
probably the most expensive item you have will be an audio book and some
you’ll find that some people the people that opt-in feel free product don’t
always go through and purchase your your ebooks and all your other items and this
is okay because what you want to create is a a list of fans who just who love
your work and want to read every book that’s what you want you don’t just want
anyone in everyone reading you stuff you want want to be read by the right people
and how those people really love your work so because I haven’t really created
this for the “how-to write” side of my business I’m probably going to have to
focus some time over the next few months creating… I have sort of outlined a free
product that I want to create and other things that I can add on to help my
audience of aspiring writers to reach their writing goals so in order for me
to create products that actually work and get results I’ll have to spend at
the time so surveying my audience so to encourage people to do survey I’ll
probably give them a free products, so the survey will probably take maybe
three minutes to fill out and then they’ll get a free product that will help them on their writing journey, so at the moment
I’ll probably going to get the giveaway a how to outline a novel ebook it’s a
relatively short ebook it’s about 80 P 80 to 100 pages and it just focuses on
outlining taking your idea and fleshing it out into an outline of a full novel
which and sometimes that if you don’t know how to outline that’s actually
quite a difficult process and everyone sort of says to do something different so
this is just an e-book you can go through and it’s like a step-by-step
process that’s why do this morning. hello again it’s 6:30 pm on a Friday
evening, I’ve just finished filming my writing tips video, so I have a ton of
editing that I need to do, I need to edit this weekly vlog as well as that other video
that I did this week. I also need to start editing my podcast intro, that
still needs a lot of work so I actually had a lot of fun filming this video for
you guys so what I’m thinking of doing is I’m thinking about doing more weekly
vlogs like this but maybe at first I’ll be won’t once every two weeks and then
once I get into the habit of filming videos like this then I’ll probably do
it on a weekly basis so let me know what you think do you like these you know
behind the scenes a week in the life of a writer let me know in the comment
section below or would you like a monthly vlog although that might be too
long I asked a funny feeling this vlog could be about maybe 20 to 30 minutes so
thank you for watching and I’ll see you next time.

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