Notes from a Writer’s Life #13

The best two words a writer can write!

It’s finished!

Almost three months since I started the full second draft rewrite, Bleak Waters draft two is complete!

It’s safe to say that this has been the hardest book to write so far.

The plot is complex, the back story crucial and needed to be drop-fed into the plot at the right time and in the right way.

No heavy bouts of info-dumping here. The characters had to work to find out what they needed and part of the problem with draft one was that the revelations were just too convenient.

Right now, I’m in that dizzy afterglow you get when you finish a draft, and I’m sure there’s plenty of work still to be done before it’s ready for submission.

Badlands went through 12 drafts in all, including those for publication after acceptance, so I’m sure I’ll be working on this project for a good few months yet.

But right now, my instinct is that the story is strong. It feels like it works now.

So what’s next?

A break for a few days, during which I’ll be looking at an old project and seeing what I can do to bring that up to standard, and also developing notes for my next project.

I’ll also be churning over a new idea I had for a story set in the same area as Badlands.

Then, it’ll be a read through and on with the edits!

Wish me luck!

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