Editing Joseph Smith

April 3, 2019

I’m in this spot now where I keep editing and tightening up the first 100 pages of my Joseph Smith book which is a good thing to do but bad feeling because I’m not making progress on the page count, only chopping sections out. Here are some random pages from the chopping block.

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The book will be about 250+ pages long, but the story needs to be tighter and stick to the straight forward narrative without spinning off into unnecessary information or the book will be a slog to get through for a reader. It’s easy to get excited about details when you’re working on a passion project and learning things that excite you, and to lose sight of the basic plot. Especially with a historic project, finding and sticking to the story you want to tell can be tricky. It’s easy to get lost.

What information the reader needs and what’s too much is the tightrope walk….

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This past year I’ve been working hard on a new graphic novel which will tell the life story of Joseph Smith and the founding of his religion the Latter Day Saints.

This is an important subject for me because I was raised in the church until I was 13 and taking on the research for this book has been useful in discovering, realizing and understanding my own identity. More on that stuff later. Here’s an excerpt from this still ongoing project…

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