With all the COVID lockdowns, I’ve had a lot of time to work on my writing. I’m thankful that this story inspired me because I fear I would be pretty bored otherwise.
Tagline and summary
The tagline for Laws of Nature might be:
A boy blinded by fire. A woman raised by wolves. An avowed enemy offers help. Can they save Lucy’s tribe?
…and a quick summary:
Lucy and her band of early humans struggle against the harsh reality of a world ruled by nature, where predators stalk them and a violent new species of man threatens their world. Only by changing can they survive.
Did you ever wonder how earliest man thrived in a world where creatures like sabertooth tiger were king, without clothing, fire, or shelter for protection? Prepare to see this violent and beautiful world in a way you never imagined.
Here’s what I have done the past month:
- I wrote Dawn of Humanity’s Book 2 (Laws of Nature) in a spreadsheet and this month, converted it to Word, ready for more serious editing. Here’s how that’s done:
- the original spreadsheet-formatted story (see how easy it is to fine the goal of a scene, the POV character, and more):
- I copy-pasted it from Excel to Word:
- I converted the table to text with the handy toolbar tool:
- Then, I cleaned up all the unnecessary words (from the columns–about characters, settings, etc.) and it comes out like a normal Word doc:
- I first did a Ctrl+F to find each time I used the word ‘motion’ (why did I start there? Because it annoyed me more than anything else!). My characters use body language rather than words to communicate and often it’s hands. So I say ‘motion’ way too often. I used Kathy Steinemann’s The Writer’s Body Lexicon (click for my review) to find other ways to describe how body parts communicate emotions, attitudes, and ideas.
- Here’s the ‘fingers’ entry–what people do with their fingers when they’re angry, anxious, bored, afraid, and more:
- This one is ‘hands’–what people do with their hands when they’re anguished, concentrating, confident, and more:
- That done, I started editing. I rewrote the first five paragraphs, over and over, and still don’t like it. Sigh. But I moved on. I’ll get back to it.
- I got tired of paying for so many features I didn’t use in MailChimp so am switching some of my newsletters (including this one) to AWeber. That’s a lot harder than it sounds. If you don’t get a newsletter, that’s why.
- I want to make a trailer for the trilogy, Dawn of Humanity, and the book, Laws of Nature. I need epochal music and think I found it. We’ll see.
- This was NaNoWriMo month and I’ll report on how I did later this week.
- A setback for my writing but a big win for my reading: Penguin Group Putnam approved me for any of their books I’d like to read from NetGalley. That means I don’t require approval of a title. I simply download it. I’m in heaven! So far, I’ve grabbed:
- the latest C.J. Box Joe Puckett
- the latest Tom Clancy John Ryan
- the latest Leo Mahoney
- the latest Clive Cussler Kurt Austin
I’m not sure why Putnam set me for auto-approval but I did make a change in my reviews that might have inspired them: With each review, besides adding tags like #amreading or #thrillerreviews, I notify the publisher via their Twitter or FB handle (for example, @putnam). Maybe they noticed my reviews of their books.
How are you doing on your latest WIP? I’d love to hear!
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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Man vs. Nature saga, and the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, blog webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice, a columnist for NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Laws of Nature, Fall 2021. You can find her tech ed books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning