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I’ve completed manuscripts before, several in fact, but none have given me the feeling of elation that I felt all day yesterday after I completed GREENER on Monday night. It’s hard to fully explain, but I think it comes down to the fact that I let so much of my work go unfinished over the past 18 months, that to see a dent made into it such as this, and with it being the first I’ve re-written since absorbing Stephen King’s book, I feel like I’m soaring. Generally speaking, I’m in a very good mood.
It occurred to me while on my way out of the office yesterday, that all the bits of writing I mentioned stuffing away into my notebook never to be used again, can now be aired since going through the process I learned during last week’s Muse Conference. All the snippets, ideas, scenes, bits of scenes, incidents and characters can now be opened up and thrown back into the mixer to see what comes out. It’s quite exciting knowing that I don’t actually have to be able to see a full story in my head to get the best out of it. I need to trust myself more.
I began the process of renewing myself with BACCARA BURNING last night. The first chapter isn’t bad at all, but I know that later in the book it deteriorates where I tried to rush things through just to get the first draft down. I spent way too much re-reading the early chapters to get them right and not enough time on the latter, and that I left the book unbalanced. There’s a lot to be done to get it right and I made some key decisions during that first draft that will need to be carefully thought over to make sure they were made for the right reasons.
I also made a few submissions: a couple of short stories that had been returned are now back out, as is SLICK, my crime novel based in London and Edinburgh. It’s gone to a very nice looking publisher so I’ve sent them a strong query.
I might not get that much else done today as I have to upgrade some software for Gail Galbraith Photography and then I’m off to the cinema to (hopefully) see The Social Network. Oh, and I need to shave—badly—very badly as it turns out.
Until the morra, peeps!
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