Seeking the Dark explains the legend of the seekers of the gold soul boxes. The novel takes you on a journey from Albania to Whitby, North Yorkshire. Originally the time line was set between the 1970’s and 2005. Though some of the action does go further back in time. As I was worked on the novel today, I decided to bring it more up to date. This means I will need to be more careful with the changes in today’s technology too.
We’ve made huge progress in how technology has changed our way of living in the last fifteen years. Even though my novel is horror, I need to make it believable to keep the readers onboard with the plot line. As I’m working through the first lots of edits I’m deleting anything that is too wordy, repetitive or too descriptive as well as getting rid of unnecessary filter and filler words. I had a whole paragraph where I was describing the layout of a flat. It served no purpose whatsoever.
When I go through the novel in the next round of edits I will be look closely at the contents, the structure of my novel, does the plot make sense? Are my characters well-developed? Are there places where the narrative seems to drag etc. As it is a horror novel, I need to make sure I have enough action and scary parts.
With The final edit I shall be reading through to pick up any typos, spelling mistakes and check to the best of my ability to pick up any minor errors, but as you know, no matter how many times you read through your piece of work there’s always something you manage to miss somehow. So for now I shall stay focused on the first read through. Once I’ve finished the edits, I shall catch up with you all and let you know how I’m doing. Keep safe, and stay in, if you can. We can only beat Covid-19 by working together 🦠