Writing Report, July 7, 2016by Buzz on 8/07/2016
I’m using Expresso, a nice little editing app you can use for free online, to digitally prep the manuscript for “The Most Dangerous Man In The World: The Lost Classic G.I. Joe Episode” for re-writing / polish / final copyediting.
Expresso does not replace a human carefully going over a manuscript, but it speeds up the process by drawing attention to weak verbs, run on sentences, etc. I’m a little less than halfway done with the preliminary pass of the manuscript thru Expresso; the free version can’t seem to handle more than 1,500 or so words without freezing up so I’m feeding the story thru two or three scenes at a time.
Expresso finds the most problems with my writing in the non-action scenes; it seems to like my action and combat writing just fine.
As with most writers I’ve got several projects going simultaneously, including a very dark barbarian fantasy which I mentioned previously. I wrote a scene for it the other night which “works” insofar as it conveys the necessary information the story requires at that point but does so in a really awkward and way out of character manner for my protagonist. Expect that to get severely re-written once I finish the handwritten first draft.
The cartoon above pretty much sums up my feelings once I finished writing the firstname.lastname@example.org