I thought I may as well share this process with someone, even if that someone was just my computer. Kind of like a blog-cum-diary. Somewhat to my surprise, other people have been reading these posts too....I hope you've enjoyed it!
Have I Achieved my Goal?
After beginning life as a rather slow-moving story entitled 'The Trouble with Genes', the novel has transformed into a tightly written YA contemporary thriller called 'Inner Fire'. A big thank you to the readers on my Facebook Page who voted on the title.
After starting at 70,000 words, the editorial process chopped it down to 57,000 words. It's amazing how you can lose words without damaging the narrative. (Actually, less words usually means a better story.)
I felt very proud of myself!
Then, just two weeks ago, I took another look at the manuscript. And I realised there was one major flaw. I had written Inner Fire in the wrong tense! While I'd started in the present tense ("I am, he is, they are"), on re-reading I realised the story sounded much better in the past ("I was, he was, they were").
OMG, talk about not practising what you preach.
So I've just re-edited it again, and tidied up the beginning and the ending, and now it looks much better. At the moment, I'm sitting on it, like a hen on a special egg, worrying about whether or not it will ever hatch. (I hope I haven't used that metaphor before....)
I'm nervous about sending the manuscript out into the wide world. What if people don't like it?
So right now, I'm tossing up between self-publishing or seeking agent representation, but life's pretty busy for me at the moment, so this might take some time.
Pause for ThoughtI'm going to take a break at this point in my blog narrative.
I'll let you know the next stage of Inner Fire's life once I've decided what to do with it. In the meantime, if you want to learn a little more about what the novel is about, feel free to have a look at the pinterest board I've developed.
I think, in retrospect, that six months was too short. For the next novel I'll allow myself a year. A novel is not a sprint; it's a marathon, and just like a marathon, you have to pace yourself so you don't burn out before the finish line.
So, the moral of this blog post, is - don't be afraid of taking your time. Things sometimes get better if you wait a while.