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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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SAINT COLE

May 7, 2013

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I’ve been drawing a story lately called “Saint Cole.” 

The story centers around a 28 year old man named Joe in an American suburb who works overtime at a pizza restaurant to support his girlfriend, Nicole, and their child, Oscar. Nicole invites her mother, Angela, who has recently split with her boyfriend, to move into their 2 bedroom apartment and sleep on the futon. Only until she gets herself on her feet again. 

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Angela is a battling drug-addict with only 9 fingers. A bad influence who has a strained relationship with her own children. Nicole being the exception. Angela is an emotional manipulator who knows how to play Nicole and used tactics to gain a place in her daughter’s already crowded small apartment.

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Nicole and Joe have been having problems ever since Nicole got pregnant. Joe never wanted to have a family, didn’t necessarily want to stay with Nicole and feels trapped by her. Nicole is a sweet girl who loves Joe in spite of his mood swings and is trying to keep things together at least for the sake of Oscar. Nicole doesn’t work. She hasn’t since she had Oscar. This is a giant cause of tension between herself and Joe. 

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Alcohol is becoming a major problem in Joe’s life. Since gaining the responsibility of raising a child and supporting Nicole Joe has been escaping into alcohol and work everyday. His life isn’t what he wanted for himself and he doesn’t want to deal with it. He thinks he loves Nicole but resents her at the same time. He wasn’t ready to settle down with anyone at all, and when she got pregnant he had to. Probably they wouldn’t still be with each other if he didn’t feel he had to be. Joe wants out somehow. He’s angry. He’s in a position to act rashly. 

I’ve been posting the chapters of the story here: 

http://www.theexpositorcomics.com/noahfull.html

Every chapter represents one day of 4 days in which the story unfolds into a chaotic mess.