Another new week is upon us. Not only does tomorrow bring a new month, but we are making small steps into a new season too. With all this refreshing new beginnings surrounding us, I’m working hard on my latest novel.
Today, I’m breaking the back of a new chapter.
I like to write the chapter out then keep re-reading it until I’ve edited it within an inch of its life. Then re-read the previous chapters making sure it all ties in before moving on to the next one.
When I wrote my first two novels I followed the rules I had read in the ‘How to’ books which said get your first draft down before editing. This I found to be too much hard work as I was putting in too many unnecessary details and characters then having to delete much of it afterward.
As much as I love writing it can be disheartening to have to delete hours of unnecessary work. Now I like to write a synopsis and have some idea where the story is going. I’m trying hard to stay as close as I can to the main plotline, rather than as most newbie writers do get side-track and overwrite.
For some reason, I feel very positive about my book. Mainly, I think it is because at last I’ve found my writer’s voice. Knowing so much more about writing, and most importantly, how to tell a good story has given me the confidence to feel ready to become a positive writer, rather than a person whose dream is to become a wordsmith.
Have a great day,
Paula R C,