Friday, June 20, 2014

The Cheesiness Is Making Me Smile

You know that scene in a movie or TV show where the guy would say something so cheesy and sweet that you as a viewer end up smiling?

Yea.. I've hit the romance part of my first novel and I'm smiling. I don't know why, but the cheesy lines I've made my protagonist say somehow created such a response from me.

I have never read a romance novel, unless you consider YA love triangles as romance novels, so I'm not sure how people usually respond to such scenes. Maybe it's just me...

This post is too short to be a blog post, but I'm publishing it anyway.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

A 2nd Edition

recently went back to my first novel with a plan to release a second edition. The idea of doing a second edition is to rebrand the book under a collection. Hence, I’ll be doing a re-launch of the second edition around the same time I release my second novel (which will be in the same collection as well).

I’m far from done with the second edition, but I’m pretty sure I can get it done in time. The only question I constantly ask myself is, how much should I change?

The change the book needs is not in the plot, as I don’t intend to rewrite the whole story, but in the sentence structure. Just going through the first chapter had me changing a few sentences to improve the flow and the description.

Let’s just say, I wasn’t a very good writer back then. Some sentences were acceptable and those I do not touch, but some ended abruptly and had a very rough flow. Being able to spot all those now could only mean one thing; I’ve improved.

It’s no surprise that I’ve improved, but it’s quite a surprise that my first novel wasn’t very well written. Back then, I thought it was pretty good… or at least, I told myself it was. After all, you got to believe in yourself, right? For a first novel with no editor, a lot of people said it was a good effort… but looking at it now, I know it can be much better.

I guess it is now time to push out a good second edition. It will not be the best of my works for sure, as I can’t rewrite all the chapters, but it will be much better than before. Hopefully, when it comes out together with my second novel, more people will give it a chance. And I hope YOU will be one of them :)