Author Journal 9th – 15th January 2023

Susan Tippett Braithwaite Author Update 9/1/2023
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Hiya, Everyone! 👋

I’m back! I can’t tell you how excited I am to finally get back to working on Running the Asset. If you could see how big my smile is as I write this, then you’d… Okay, you’d probably think I was a crazed psycho with how wide my eyes are.

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Anyway. If you’re wondering where the hell I’ve been for the last half of 2022 after finishing my first draft, I wrote about it here. The main thing is that I’m ready to get back to bringing Adam and Elle’s story to an e-reader near you in 2023.

The New Editing Plan

I wrote about my editing plan in May or June last year while trying to get everything done in the shortest time possible. You know, the strategy written by a crazy person on the very edge of burnout.

Now that I’m safely away from the burnout cliff and a wee bittie less crazy here’s the new plan:

  1. Iterative rewrites
    • New scenes
    • Amp up the emotions (I always have to go back in to add the emotions–I’m a robot)
    • Descriptions
    • Dialogue
  2. Content edit
  3. Proofreading
  4. Beta readers
  5. Editor

This Week’s Goal

Starting off nice and gentle, this week my aim is to:

  • Re-evaluate the outline for romance and suspense beats for improvements
  • Scene blocking for new scenes
  • Scene blocking for rewrites

The crazy-looking screenshot above is the new-to-me program, Plottr, that I’ll use to complete this week’s tasks. Plottr gives a visual timeline of multiple plot lines on one screen. But it does more than that; it also lets you input scene outlines and link characters and locations to those scenes. It’s going to be a lot of fun–and probably some frustration–working with Plottr for this week’s tasks.

That’s it for today. Thanks for stopping by, and remember to hit like and leave a comment below. Have an awesome week!

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Author: Susan T. Braithwaite

Royal Navy veteran from Scotland. My journey into writing started with a screenwriting certificate program at UCLA Ext. Since then, I've worked as a freelance content writer, erotica author, proofreader, professional beta reader, and content editor. I'm now working hard on my dream writing career: romantic suspense author. When I'm not writing, I can be found drinking too much coffee, obsessing over yarn, and planning world domination with my husband, jezbraithwaite.blog, and our squirrel army.​

15 thoughts on “Author Journal 9th – 15th January 2023

  1. Burnout can suck it. I’m finally back working on Running the Asset! Check out my post to see what I’ve planned for this week. #amediting #scottishauthors susantbraithwaite.com/2023/01/09/aut…

  2. bushboy – Landcare, photography, music, poetry (of sorts), cooking, our environment, life on the land and making a difference where I can. MotoGP is my "boy" fix.
    bushboy says:

    Plottr does look scary but I am sure you’ll be back into the swing of things soon enough Susan. I though a photo of Jez on the cover would have attracted more readers 😉

    1. Susan T. Braithwaite – Glasgow, Scotland – Royal Navy veteran from Scotland. My journey into writing started with a screenwriting certificate program at UCLA Ext. Since then, I've worked as a freelance content writer, erotica author, proofreader, professional beta reader, and content editor. I'm now working hard on my dream writing career: romantic suspense author. When I'm not writing, I can be found drinking too much coffee, obsessing over yarn, and planning world domination with my husband, jezbraithwaite.blog, and our squirrel army.​
      Susan T. Braithwaite says:

      Plottr doesn’t normally look that scary. That’s just a glimpse of what the inside of my brain looks like on an organised day 😂
      The guy in the photo does remind me of Jez when we met 😉 (kind of why I chose the pic). Maybe I’ll chuck in an old photo of Jez when I get around to designing the cover.😁

  3. Photos by Jez – I'm a Royal Navy Veteran from Scotland and love to get out and about with my wife, susantbraithwaite.com, on our Kalkhoff e-bikes. My faithful camera, Snappy, and the ever-present Lensy (lensball) are always along for the ride to capture the beauty of Scotland 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿. Join me as I share photos from our travels, how Lensy views the world & pretty much anything shiny ✨
    Photos by Jez says:

    Woohoo 🎉 You’re back 🥸

    1. Susan T. Braithwaite – Glasgow, Scotland – Royal Navy veteran from Scotland. My journey into writing started with a screenwriting certificate program at UCLA Ext. Since then, I've worked as a freelance content writer, erotica author, proofreader, professional beta reader, and content editor. I'm now working hard on my dream writing career: romantic suspense author. When I'm not writing, I can be found drinking too much coffee, obsessing over yarn, and planning world domination with my husband, jezbraithwaite.blog, and our squirrel army.​
      Susan T. Braithwaite says:

      Bwah ha!

    1. Susan T. Braithwaite – Glasgow, Scotland – Royal Navy veteran from Scotland. My journey into writing started with a screenwriting certificate program at UCLA Ext. Since then, I've worked as a freelance content writer, erotica author, proofreader, professional beta reader, and content editor. I'm now working hard on my dream writing career: romantic suspense author. When I'm not writing, I can be found drinking too much coffee, obsessing over yarn, and planning world domination with my husband, jezbraithwaite.blog, and our squirrel army.​
      Susan T. Braithwaite says:

      Thank you, Chris 😍💐

    1. Susan T. Braithwaite – Glasgow, Scotland – Royal Navy veteran from Scotland. My journey into writing started with a screenwriting certificate program at UCLA Ext. Since then, I've worked as a freelance content writer, erotica author, proofreader, professional beta reader, and content editor. I'm now working hard on my dream writing career: romantic suspense author. When I'm not writing, I can be found drinking too much coffee, obsessing over yarn, and planning world domination with my husband, jezbraithwaite.blog, and our squirrel army.​
      Susan T. Braithwaite says:

      Thanks, Aletta! Plottr isn’t actually that difficult. The picture is a visual representation of how messy my brain is when it comes to plotlines. (It’s now all neat and tidy!)

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