The relaxed, laid back read through and note making (re my novel) couldn’t be further from memory. This has turned into a definite edit. I suppose I was intending to be lazy and type up corrections and address any serious plot issues after another read through.
The thing is, it doesn’t work like that. Something either works or it doesn’t. And there was something in this, a subplot, which just didn’t work. So I cut it. I changed the story (actually it means I’m contiually altering it because it effects a big strand of the story and I’ve not finished going through it yet) and I know, even where I am now (just over half way trhough) that the story’s benefited.
And that’s the point. It either works or it doesn’t. And if it doesn’t, then it has to be fixed. Don’t ever think that something could work, or that you might be able to get away with this, that or the other. Do it properly. Even if it might mean a lot more work.
I’ve noticed as well (because in the version of WORD I have there is a constant word count at the bottom of the screen) that with all this changing the story’s putting on weight. I’m just over half way and it’s already gained almost another five thousand words. Well maybe it’s not so much getting fat. More filling out. The telling is growing into the story.
Huge thanks to Suzka for sending me a copy of her fab album. I listened to it last night and enjoyed it very much. Nice and relaxing, but interesting enough not to be boring. If that makes sense. As I say – I liked it.