I’ve made a battle plan to get through this edit! Hopefully I’ll stick to it and it’ll all go well and smoothly and I won’t have a nervous breakdown. It’s a busy time of year, you know?

Let’s start again.

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I’m sorry to disappoint, but my cat didn’t get in the way so much this week. Mostly because a present I had ordered arrived and she was rather taken with the box. I know it’s a normal cat thing, but ours has never shown an interest in sitting in them before so this came as a surprise. A really cute surprise.

At the beginning of this week everything that needed to be changed felt a wee bit overwhelming. I didn’t even get that much done on Monday, so Tuesday was my first proper day of editing. Since I love lists and am usually more organised and because there’s so much that needs to be adjusted, I decided to come up with a battle strategy to help me through this mess.

Step 1) Apply all changes made already in the draft – that’s the majority of it, and includes everything I changed clearly on paper rather than spots where I only suggested changes.

Step 2) Rewrite where necessary, add chapters – as you probably know by now I cut a good chunk off the beginning to be rewritten into something less horrible, but there were also several chapters I thought of as I was editing on paper which I’d like to add.

Step 3) Make sure all chapters begin and end with a hook – I love me a good cliffhanger, and I want my book to be oozing with them. Or with suspense, at least.

Step 4) Start again – not completely, it’s not that hopeless, but I’ll print the 2nd draft and I’ll go over it again. Or maybe I’ll just change the layout on screen? I dunno, this step is a little way off yet. We’ll see what happens when I get to it.

Now, I’m making it sound worse than it is. Although, I admit, with Christmas only two weeks away and my boyfriend off work from Friday next week there’s been a lot to prepare. I also want to take the holidays off editing myself (we all deserve a break here and there, right?) and seasonal stresses are starting to set in, so I didn’t get as much done as I had hoped. This is where things are currently at:

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The green marker is where I stopped editing.(I only just noticed that the only thing you can see inside is red criticism – I promise it’s an accurate representation of the rest of the draft). I’ll include a picture like this with every Progress Update, so you can compare for yourself πŸ™‚

Now, just a few smaller things… From January there’ll be no more Weekly Quotes. They stir the least amount of interest and I figured that January was a good time to make some changes. Also, on Mondays, I’ll no longer post 10-Minute speed writing shorts. However, since those have proved to be popular I’ll just replace them with something similar, which will also be improvised writing πŸ˜‰ I’ve got several ideas right now and haven’t chosen yet, so more on that closer to the time.

Christmas Tree
It’s our first Christmas tree together (I know, you’d think we’d have managed in the past 8 years, but no) so I thought it was worthy of mention πŸ™‚

But I digress, and we all have other things to do, don’t we? Here’s this week’s excerpt, enjoy πŸ™‚

Ignoring the pain in her back and ankle she leapt for the door, opening it with the bit of strength she had left and stumbling into the cool snow and into the street. A crowd had gathered to observe the flames and, seeing her leave the building alone, they put one and two together.

Her hearing wasn’t good enough yet for her to hear the insults and accusations thrown at her by her old neighbours. She didn’t need to hear them, either. She doubted that they could say anything to her that she wasn’t already saying to herself. Her father had been an unmoving heap on the floor last she’d seen him. Her mother was trapped in the attic nursery, trying to save the twins.Β 

Their accusations weren’t necessary for her to know what fate she had likely left her family to.


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