Candice: Phil and I have been beavering away over the last few weeks, desperate to finish book 2. We’ve missed our end of March deadline, but not without giving it a good go. And, to be honest, it’s not the end of the world as having a deadline has helped focus the mind.
So, it’s now the 21st April as I write this and we are now on 73,000 words. For those of you who write, you know that is close to being a full novel. The last one was around 80,000. But who’s counting? Its more about the story than adding another 7,000 words.
Phil was worried a week or so ago about how we were going to find 12,000 words. Well, since that discussion we’ve managed another 5,000 so I think we are doing ok.
However, the bit we are doing now is the hardest. Going back and checking the plot lines. I have spent two hours this afternoon not just adding new parts to the book but also writing down the timeline. Who is where, when is it, what were they wearing, what do we mention that might cross over later.
This is what took such a long time with our first book as it wasn’t written chronologically. We mostly wrote what we felt and then put it together. We then spent a lot of time going back over it to stop all those continuity errors.
This time has been slicker because we did some storyline mapping first, but still, when you go back and add scenes in to the middle of your book, you find that you have mixed up a timeline.
So my job is the make sure there aren’t any glaring errors before we take it on to the next step… handing it over to some people to read. GULP!