On the downside of writing

This is being written while I’m feeling thoroughly grumpy, so by the time you actually speak to me in real-time again, I’ll probably be my usual…cheerful?…self. But right now, BAH. Possibly even HUMBUG.

I might have to junk another book.

Book 6 of the GreenSky series, Desert Sands & Silence, went to my editor for thoughts. He picked two big holes in the beginning and the second half, and I agreed that he was right; I needed to fix them.

Fixing them is apparently more of an issue than I thought.

The problems at the beginning are in the detail, and with the timings, so that’s requiring pick-apart-and-amend at sentence level. And the problems of the second half are going to rip a character out, but then…what do I replace her with? I can’t just infill, it’s taking about 10k words out – and as the novella’s tightly plotted and packed, I can’t just expand what I’ve already got. I don’t do waffle.

I just made a start at fixing, and it’s left me feeling dispirited and annoyed. I’ve been putting off doing this edit anyway, and now…

So I’m wondering if I need to go back to the plotting stages. Redo the timeline, redo what everyone is doing, work out who and what I’m going to follow for the last half of the book. And unfortunately, that does mean junking most of my current book, as it’s too bitty and too bound up in the current plot to be able to use. I estimate I’ll maybe be able to take half of it out.


Watch this space, I guess.

Author: kate

Kate Coe is an editor, book reviewer and writer of fiction & fantasy. She writes the sparkpunk GreenSky series and blogs at writingandcoe.co.uk. When she's not working, she fills her spare time in between writing with web design, gaming, geeky cross-stitch and DIY (which may or may not involve destroying things). She also reads far fewer books that she would like to, but possibly more than she really has time for.