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So, I didn’t keep up my resolution to post here three times a week during NaNovember. Man, it’s hard, writing 50,000 words in a month. Even when it’s the day job. Nearly there, though. Just 1500 to do tomorrow before midnight. Might just . . . → Read More
I’ve just been reading this: Plot and Structure by James Scott Bell, and it’s kind of helping with the first draft of Bad Jean, although I know it will come into its own when I’m editing it. I’m definitely what he calls a NOP (No Outline Person), but I really like his analysis of . . . → Read More
Yesterday I lugged all 450 pages of the Every Vow You Break manuscript – with line-edits and my own final alterations – up to London to hand over to Leah, my editor at Headline. Tomorrow, I start on Bad Jean. Although character, place and story are pretty well formed in my head, I have not yet . . . → Read More
3 am, San Francisco Hotel bathroom
I’ve not been around for a while because, among other things, I have had my head down on draft 2 of novel #2. I had some fantastic notes from EditorLeah, AgentSimon and AsstAgentAriella, and have been working on them, weaving new plotlines back and forth, making sure the little . . . → Read More
So, the verdict on the first draft of novel #2 is out.
AgentSimon: “Fucking hellfire, that’s a good book.” Followed by lots of suggestions for improvement, ending with the wonderful words “You aren’t a one-hit wonder”. Which is what a second-time novelist needs to hear from her agent. AssistantAriella has since got back to me with . . . → Read More
I have been a bit quiet of late because I am deep in editing mode, with a lot of Christmas and new year stuff on the side. But I have got my story mapped out now, so I thought I’d stick my head above the parapet and share what I’m up to.
I have filled in . . . → Read More
I have finally stopped myself procrastinating and started the read through of draft one, novel #2.
Before starting, I:
Made a nice wall-chart of juicy quotes from Macbeth
Studied Penelope Leach to make sure my addled parenting memory isn’t confusing what a three year old child can and can’t do
Printed out research photos and stuck them up on my . . . → Read More
Note the spaces around the words. Not empty for long…
I have printed out my first draft of novel #2, and it comes to nearly 500 pages, and used up a whole black inkjet. This environmental abomination is going to be my constant companion for the next six weeks or so. I’m going to read . . . → Read More
I have finished the first draft of novel#2. While Old Man and Littleson were out at the footy this rainy Sunday morning, I exercised my writer’s privilege and stayed in to work.
I have been anticipating the end for the last three or four days, but my characters kept spinning it out, getting diverted into yet more . . . → Read More