Back to the Start

5 Sep

Decided tonight after a whole holiday of adding bits to the middle of the novel, thereby totally changing the ending, that I needed to go right back to the very start. It’s already proving useful as I now know what relationships are going to be the most important and where I want my emphasis and nuances to be. I can also try to address the repeated comments that I get from my ex-Faber folk about needing more internalisation for my main character, hopefully without it feeling tacked on. I’d actually put in more of her thoughts earlier on, but they seem to have drifted away mid-tale.
I’m happy now that to have started again. The other night I read the last 10k which I always suspected would have to be chucked because I’ve changed so much, and now I’m sure they will all have to be chucked, but I think without writing them, I wouldn’t have constructed the story I’ve now got. Hopefully the new version will mean that I’m not as confused as to what’s happening and that can only be a good thing for the reader.
On a different note, I’ve had another short story accepted – in an anthology where I was published last year as well. Chuffed that the remenants of my last batch of submissions as still being read and liked somewhere.

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