On Writing & Storytelling: Time for Another SITREP on The New Story

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Hi, there, Dear Reader, and welcome to the Thursday, May 25, 2023, edition of A Certain Point of View, Too. It’s midafternoon here in Lithia, Florida, and it’s hot (84°F/29°C), dark, and rainy. It’s so dark that I just had to turn on the ceiling lamp, and I hear thunder, which of course means we don’t just have garden-variety showers in the area. So, since I have an aversion to using electronics when thunderstorms are nearby, this post will be short.

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I worked on The New Story for more than six hours today. I didn’t write any new scenes; I wanted to, but since one of the issues that I had with Reunion was rushing to self-publish it in July of 2018 without seriously reviewing it for inconsistencies, plot holes, or even such impossibilities as being able to get a panoramic view of midtown Manhattan from a third-floor apartment in that section of the Big Apple. That’s why I revised Reunion in early March; my former journalism adviser from Miami-Dade College emailed me and pointed out that the book was good but could be improved if I did A, B, and C – which I promptly did. It took me a few days to make the necessary changes, but I made them because the advice was given with only my best interest in mind. (If you’re reading this, T, thanks!)

Anyway, since I don’t want history to repeat itself with The New Story, this time I am doing everything possible to make sure the manuscript is as good as it can possibly be before I go to my Kindle Create app and begin the sometimes-tricky self-publishing process.

For instance, I asked a friend (who is a writer and poet) to serve as a second set of eyes to catch mistakes or suggest better ways to write stuff, whether that “stuff” is dialogue, character and place description, and other story-related details. I’ve done that this time around, thankfully, and I’m deeply grateful to the person who agreed to be my beta reader.

Another thing I am doing is taking at least one or two days (out of five working days) to edit and revise. Ideally, I should just plow through the first draft from start to finish and then focus on reading, evaluating, editing, and rewriting. I don’t have the patience to do it this way – impatience has always been the chink in my armor, at least as far as writing is concerned – so I am alternating between bursts of creating new scenes (sans outlines) and then revising them before going on to write new ones.

Whether this strategy will work or not I have no idea. I guess we’ll just have to see how things develop between now and the day I can write “The End” on the manuscript’s last page.

As of today, I’ve written eight and two-thirds chapters, and the word count currently stands as, per Word, 35,705. At 86 pages, this is the longest manuscript I have ever written, and – since the story is not finished – it’s probably going to be at least 150-200 pages long.

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And…as is often the case when I write a blog post, I type so slowly that an hour has passed since I started this one, and now the sun is out in full force…and no more thunderstorm activity!

Well, I don’t have anything else to report, so I’ll take my leave of you now. Until next time, stay safe, stay healthy, and I’ll see you on the sunny side of things.


Published by Alex Diaz-Granados

Alex Diaz-Granados (1963- ) began writing movie reviews as a staff writer and Entertainment Editor for his high school newspaper in the early 1980s and was the Diversions editor for Miami-Dade Community College, South Campus' student newspaper for one semester. Using his experiences in those publications, Alex has been raving and ranting about the movies online since 2003 at various web sites, including Amazon, Ciao and Epinions. In addition to writing reviews, Alex has written or co-written three films ("A Simple Ad," "Clown 345," and "Ronnie and the Pursuit of the Elusive Bliss") for actor-director Juan Carlos Hernandez. You can find his reviews and essays on his blogs, A Certain Point of View and A Certain Point of View, Too.

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