I’m on the home stretch of the rewrite now, people! Nearly at the end of the second last chapter, 394 pages, 119,600 words in, and I’m scribbling my way towards the end (again). Re-write number two is nearing completion!
After this I just need to do a consistency check, and send it off to the editor for a professional opinion.
Oh, and did I mention that I had my first father’s day celebrations earlier this week? The little lady hasn’t even been born yet, but mum-to-be bought me a bottle of Gentleman Jack, and made me a raspberry and chocolate mousse cake *cries manly tears of happiness*
Back to the writing, here are three micro-learns that I’ve had during the process so far:
- Recycling old sections – sometimes better than chopping them. In the process of re-writing the last few chapters I’ve had great fun adapting what was already there to suit a new situation (action scenes this might work, dialogue or plot not so much)
- Writing can be accelerated – by surreptitiously placing a hip-flask next to a mug of coffee.
- Acronym Generator – when finally thinking “what should my forcefield/anti-grav/energy weapon device be called?” I found this. I.T. I.S. R.A.D.
So here goes. Time to write like the wind, and try to finish by the end of the weekend…
Which leaves the editing just around the corner. What are your thoughts on the best way to do a quick and dirty consistency check? Take lists? Print it out and chug through? What’s the secret dragon warrior technique? Let me know.