I’ve finished re-writing the first six chapters of my crime novel. 67 pages and just under 20k words.
It started out as an edit, but who was I kidding? It was always going to be a re-write. What would have been the point of studying Creative Writing for three years and then not putting my new skills into practice?
It’s going slower than I wanted, but I’ve made progress and that’s good enough for me.
Because it’s a re-write, I’ve decided to pause after each five/six chapters and have another read through and edit. My writing routine works better that way. I prefer to edit on-screen and then do another one on paper. I get more sense from what I’ve written and often see things that I’d not noticed on my laptop.
I’ve also gone through a lot of my research, resolved some plot niggles and made major changes to a couple of characters, I hope for the better.
I know they recommend leaving your work for a while between drafts, but I don’t recommend five years!
The progress bar is keeping me focused as everyone visiting the site can see where I’m at. A great incentive to keep working!
Anyway, on to the next chapter.
Thanks for reading.