Notes from a Writer’s Life #14

With the second draft of Bleak Waters complete, I’m in that in-between phase, letting the text cool off while I prepare for the edits. The second draft is always the one with the most changes, whether that’s plot, character or story structure, but Bleak Waters is another level again. It was a full re-write, draftContinue reading “Notes from a Writer’s Life #14”

Notes from a Writer’s Life #13

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 andContinue reading “Notes from a Writer’s Life #13”

Notes from a Writer’s Life #12

It’s been a couple of weeks since my last post, as I have been putting all my effort into getting through draft two of Bleak Waters. I thought I was going well, but this last week I’ve hit two major hurdles that have threatened to derail the whole thing. It started with the discovery ofContinue reading “Notes from a Writer’s Life #12”

Notes from a Writer’s Life #11

Hello! Been a while since my last post, but things have been hectic and I’ve been cracking on with the rewrite of Bleak Waters. I’m currently at 33K words now, well into Act 2 and the plot is coming along nicely. Ditching draft one and rewriting from scratch definitely feels like the right decision. TheContinue reading “Notes from a Writer’s Life #11”

Notes from a Writer’s Life #8

Welcome to another round up of writerly shenanigans from the past week or so. Edits, or rather rewrites, of Bleak Waters are moving on. I’ve hit the 12.5K word mark now, although there’s been the odd wrong turn and hiccup along the way. The overall framework is in place though, and I’m working my wayContinue reading “Notes from a Writer’s Life #8”

Notes from a Writer’s Life #7

Bleak Waters updates + a special Badlands promo!! I did it… I did the scary thing… The thing that brings fear and terror into the hearts of writer’s everywhere. I deleted my first draft of Bleak Waters. In reality, it’s not quite as dramatic as it sounds. The first draft still exists in its ownContinue reading “Notes from a Writer’s Life #7”

Notes from a Writer’s Life #5

Limbo… then lift off… maybe… So as we approach the end of week 2 of Bleak Waters edits it’s safe to say that those Bleak Waters have been pretty choppy of late. To recap, the story as it stands is weak and needs some pretty hefty work, but that’s not unusual for a first draft,Continue reading “Notes from a Writer’s Life #5”

Notes from a Writer’s Life #2

Happy Friday people! We made it to the end of another week. Alas, the same cannot be said for my WIP, “Bleak Waters”, the first draft of which is now facing a fate as grim as its title… I’ve read through about ninety percent of the draft as I write this, but I already knowContinue reading “Notes from a Writer’s Life #2”