Backwards or Forwards

3 Feb

Just got to the end of what I consider to be Section 1 of the novel (although those who have been reading will know that later bits are sketched in – in fact still account for about half the total word count). 

Now it’s a question of whether to go backwards or forwards.  I’ve been doing a lot of re-writing and it scares me a bit that the progress of the story has halted, evn if the progress of the writing hasn’t.  I do think though that I’m going to have to go back and re-read everything I’ve written so far so that I know that the rest of the book is set up properly. 

I suppose it’s like painting woodwork – you can slap on some paint, or you can sand, wash and put on the knot concealer first.  At the end of the day you’ve got painted woodwork, but the first lot looks shit, and the second lot lasts.

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