That’s it. No more excuses. Finish this novel and send it out by year’s end.
Given my last post was mid May, you might wonder what have I been doing. I have asked myself the same question, but just get hmms and ahhs.
School has restarted (hurray!) and they are back in State care now. So no one to blame.
I need to up my game big time: get up early and do a couple of hours before work, say three days a week.
I have recently given four people – a detective, a drug worker and two journalistic colleagues – the first half of the novel.
My next stage now is to go through my notes. I have more than 120 pages of notes typed up from my notepads I carry around. They contain everything from ideas and changes about my novel – regarding the characters or the plot, etc – as well as incidents, colour that would enrich it. I am finishing going through the notes and identifying where in the novel they go could go in.
Soon, I’ll start doing the actual changes. The more I look at them, the more I realise there are quite a lot of alterations. This, of course, can be tricky, with ripple effects throughout the novel.
Once this process is done and taking into account possible recommendations, I will then set about a last draft and edit.
Then, print the baby out for a final, final proofread and check.
That’s the plan.