An addendum to my previous post…
The End wasn’t really the end, of course. After I finished I went back to the beginning and began editing my book chapter by chapter. Yesterday I got to the end, again.
You can break down the changes I was making into three broad categories:
- Plot holes
Today I had the privilege of tapping these two words on my keyboard:
There is still a lot to do. For one, I need to decide whether I’m actually going to have the words ‘The End’ in the book (current answer: probably not).
As it stands there are 16 chapters plus an epilogue. I’m thinking of scrapping one of the chapters entirely as I don’t think it adds anything to the story. All of them need editing before I’m happy with them.
But I can enjoy the view from here for a few moments before heading back to the grind.
This time last year I was hoping to have finished my book by now.
That hasn’t happened, although I’ve come a long way.
In January 2015 the novel barely existed on paper. I’m now about 56,000 words in.
I still have a bit to do, including finishing off the last chapter and the epilogue. There is some substantial rewriting to do because I didn’t plan it properly. It seems like almost every time I do any writing I’m reminded of this mistake I made at the beginning!
The work doesn’t stop when I get to ‘The End’. I want to get a front cover designed, decide on a title and continue to get the word out and. As it stands, I plan to go down the self-publishing route on Amazon.
I think the writing will take another two to three months, plus two or three more for the editing and various other details to be finalised before I hit the ‘Publish’ button. That would take me through to June, which seems reasonable for now. Don’t set your watch by these estimates though.
New Year’s Resolutions:
- To read more – fiction, non-fiction and more about online publishing
- To blog more frequently and regularly
Last week I committed to writing on the tram every morning (except Friday, when I walk to a different office). I was inspired by this Medium post by Elizabeth Monier-Williams, in which she talks about how she wrote 100,000 words on her commute. She also mentions hearing about this story about a man named Peter Brett, who also wrote a fantasy book called The Painted Man on the train. And that was back in 2010, when phones were a lot less smart than they are today. Continue reading
I’m using Google Docs to write my novel. When I first sat down to write it, I didn’t consider using any other program. Docs has the basic functions you’d expect from a word processor, plus a few other features and tricks I’ve come across that are very useful for novel writing. Continue reading
In one of my previous posts I talked about how I use character biographies for my book. I skimmed over the details what a character biography is, how to put one together and why they are so useful. Let’s backtrack a bit and discuss this. Continue reading
When I was younger I used to love the books of Roald Dahl. I remembering borrowing Boy from the school library and keeping it for months. When I got a bit older I learned that the adult Dahl had a very particular writing ritual. He would go down to a shed in his garden and write in longhand on yellow paper, keeping six sharpened pencils on his desk. No more, no fewer. It was an odd ritual, I thought, but it worked for him. Continue reading