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First thoughts

First thoughts

So I’ve got 400+ pages of novel sitting before me on my desk. Some would probably call it wasteful resources to print out an entire first draft like this, especially as for the first time ever I intend to do…

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Missing, Lost in Writing

In revising one of my closing chapters I find that I am missing an important, linking, scene in the action. How the hell did I suppose, when writing, that I could carry my readers with my protagonists from one scene…

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Sleepy

What I want to be doing, now, is making changes from my printed and well-thumbed script into my electronic version of my novel, so that I can send it off to friends and readers. But I am sleepy. I put…

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What’s in a name?

Okay, it’s done. For years now I have been perfectly well aware that I have been breaking the cardinal rule of writing in having two characters of (broadly similar) the same name: Hannah Ball and Hanna Katla Baldursdóttir. There have…

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Chopping and Changing

The ‘first pass’ reading revising of Part Four is primarily for establishing where to subdivide it into (approximately) six chapters, and for refreshing my own mind over what actually happens in the chapter. It’s also useful for getting to grips…

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What’s in a name?

I’m going to try and get the revisions to part three of Blood & Fire finished by the end of this weekend, and thus reach the half-way point. The thing is, I think I’m going to have to change the…

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Writing and Editing

I’ve been putting my handwritten changes to chapter 13 into the Word file. Because I was working offline with an old fashioned pen-type of arrangement I haven’t seen the comments and corrections that Helen has already made to an earlier…

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Scrapping the crap

That’s it. I’ve finished revising chapter 13. It’s weird, but as I’ve been doing the revising, I have been crossing out the bits that I thought, god this is really crap, but-I-need-to-write-it-to-get-the-story-on as I was writing it, and sure enough,…

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I or He…?

My lunchtimes (at work) recently have consisted of being evenly split between reading The Timetraveller’s Wife and revising my own nove. The former is written in first person, present tense; and the latter in third person, present tense… I’ve been…

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Two thirds to half way

In preparation for second draft revision work of Part Three of Blood & Fire I’ve been reading it through with fresh eyes. It seems to be very much a chapter of two halves. The first bit is akin to Part…

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The second draft


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This has been a very productive weekend, this one. I’ve done some CC critting (although doubtless my fellow CC’ers would say that I haven’t done enough :-\ ) and I have revised through the corrections given to me on chapters…

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Of over-active minds and sleepless nights


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A case of burning the candle at both ends last night. Revising chapter 1 and 2 into the night, I went to bed a little after midnight, which was not too late. The thing is my mind was still going…

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To Flashback or Not To Flashback

As you know I switch quite regularly between different POVs and plotlines, and I make use flashbacks in my novel Blood & Fire. I’ve just started looking at Part Two in my process of revising it, and I have a…

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