Not long ago, I finished my manuscript. I mean really finished – left it to sit, re-read it, tweaked it to perfection, and submitted it to a publisher. I was so finished, that after a brief interlude doing some procastinatingly dodgy DIY projects around the house, I finally progressed to the big and scary task… Continue reading When Is A Final Draft Final?
…now for the long wait while the overwhelmed publisher gets to me in the queue. Unless I’m the next JK of course. Anyway, back to being serious. I knew I was doing the last tidying of my MS for a real deadline, so I purposely (and painfully) stopped reading for a month – outside of… Continue reading I submitted my manuscript!!
An editor from Pantera Press recently read the first 20 pages of my manuscript and said ‘your writing is clear, the story is quirky, and I’m intrigued. Please send me your manuscript’. Wow! I’m thrilled! More to the point, I’m ready to submit cos I’m finished writing it! Almost… Just need to tidy the plot… Continue reading In Which Lou Finds Focus (or ‘How To Transition Between Scenes’)
I’m ready to move to my 6th draft. Hooray! This is so exciting, one step closer to being finished! So why am I putting it off? Why does looking at my laptop give me chills? Why am I finding all sorts of things to clean and re-arrange instead? Because I don’t know how to tackle… Continue reading How to Tackle Story Polishing
Last week, I stayed in a friend’s unfurnished cabin. I had a fridge, cooking utensils, and simple food to last a few days, but no TV, no internet, and no snacks. Worst of all, no chocolate. Just me, my laptop, and a hardcopy of my second draft. And wow did I uncover some hard truths… Continue reading The Hard Yards of Re-Drafting
This week I thought I’d update my family, friends and followers on where I’m up to in my manuscript, because I’ve just reached a major landmark and I’m proud to celebrate it! In March this year I shared my progress – I’d second-drafted my manuscript up to the 86,000 word mark. I was making solid… Continue reading Major Landmark!
Of course, everybody’s different. For some writers, it runs into triple figures, while others don’t draft at all. I remember learning about the writing process at high school. Now I know you’re stopping me right there: these days, we’re supposed to ignore everything we learnt in high school about writing. Nobody wants to read those… Continue reading How Many Drafts Does it Take?