what can i say folks? I fell off the wagon. There i was, working on my second draft of my novel (now called Scavenger Graveyard, in case you’re interested). That’s when life got in the way. First, I went on holiday, then work started piling up, then another project intervened, then it was Christmas and…well, you get the idea. Fact is, there’s no excuse. The real reason for it was, I wasn’t having a lot of fun writing the book, because it wasn’t going the way I wanted. I got spooked, and then I started looking round for excuses not to work on it.
Well, recently, I decided that I had spent way too much time and energy on it not to dust it off and put it out there. So I opened it up and… well, I was pleasantly surprised. It wasn’t that my manuscript had got any better since I stopped working on it. Unlike fine wine, I am not sure that writing gets better with age. But what had changed was the anxious scrutiny that I was subjecting my manuscript to. The fact is, I was so enmeshed in what I was writing that I could no longer see the wood for the trees, or the paper for the words for that matter.
Going away and coming back to your book with a completely fresh mind and no expectations lets you be generous to your mistakes…and allows you to be surprised at things that actually kind of work. If you’ve got the luxury of time, and this is your first book, and it’s getting you down, I can’t recommend highly enough getting on with something else for six months or so.
So…where am I now? Well, I’m now around 70% through editing my third draft. I’ve lined up beta readers (if any readers want to read an early copy of the book and give me feedback, please let me know). I’m expecting to publish in early May, once I’ve collated all the feedback and so on. Yes, that’s right, I’m back in the game!!