Friday, June 08, 2018
The many joys of being a writer #amwriting
Today I pressed the send button and my second novel - The Tuppenny Child - is winging its way to my publisher.
I know there'll be weeks of editing to get stuck into once my editor at Headline reads it. She'll come back to me with suggestions of how to make the book stronger, better.
I may not agree with all of the changes she suggests. But the beauty of having an editor you get along with, I've found, is that this isn't a painful process, there's negotiation on both sides. It's an insightful process and I learned a great deal from the editing process with my debut novel - Belle of the Back Streets.
I'm taking a breather from novel writing now, but just a little one. I've got a long list of short story ideas I'd like to get stuck into writing for women's magazines and I'll start on those next week.
More importantly, I've got the synopsis for novel number three to firm up and submit to my publisher. Then I can then start the whole delicious writing process again.
It'll start with at least two weeks of daily research. This will include visits to museums, records offices, archives and, er, pubs. I will talk to knowledgeable people, ask them questions, buy them lunch. I love the research bit of writing and sometimes it's hard to know when to stop. But stop I must, for writing must begin to bring book three to life.
And now I've pressed send and my second novel is on its way to my publisher, I'm taking the day off.
I'm spending it in a library, meeting another writer for lunch. She's a woman I met on an editing workshop weeks ago and it turned out we had a lot in common and even had a friend we both knew. Now that wouldn't be so unusual but this friend lives over the other side of the country. After the editing workshop, the other writer got in touch and asked to meet up for coffee. I didn't hesitate to say yes.
There are many joys to being a writer.
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