April Writing Update—#ShutUpAndWrite, 2024

The first writing update in ages and #drumroll … writing has happened!

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Writing update

Revisions on the House

Writing has happened! Mostly in a spreadsheet, though. The second revision got stuck once again in the dreaded middle of the manuscript, and I had to accept that more developmental changes are necessary.

… 💔 … (Cue the sound of a breaking heart.)

So, I returned to my trusty spreadsheet and reviewed every character, location, event, and scene to determine if they are ‘part of the wood’ or ‘part of the path’.

I borrowed this idea from Philip Pullman’s exceptional collection of essays, Daemon Voices: On Stories and Storytelling. The wood represents the world you create, and the path is the journey your story takes through it. Anything that isn’t on the path or relevant to staying on it must go.

I made some difficult decisions—letting go of beloved secondary characters and some fantastic locations. However, I believe this will help me navigate the middle and finally reach the much-needed line edits!

Bear with me. Not much longer now. Or so she said.

Other news

The first locally printed New Zealand edition of The Fragments is be available on my website. It looks amazing … if I say so myself.

New here? I am New Zealand-based writer, artist and maker Minu Freitag. I have published my first book—The Fragments, an inventive mix of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Dystopian fiction—in 2022 and am currently working on the second book in The Spheres Series—The House—due for release in the first half of 2024.

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