Happy Ever After – Week 8

Yes, I know I’m late again in getting this out. Another Wednesday where I had to log into the partition job this afternoon. Sigh. The things we do to make money, hey? I am, however, fortunate I have the flexibility – plus, I had a few hours this morning where I got some decent words out.

Speaking of work, I had someone ask me this week what I meant when I refer to the “partition” role. Essentially it’s how I differentiate between my work – i.e. my writing – and my corporate gig. Both of the jobs happen from the same home-office, but if I were still in Sydney, I’d be doing the corporate gig from a real office – one with partitions. Therefore it’s the partition job.

Ok, now that we’ve got that sorted out, how’s the writing going?

Good, thanks for asking. I’ve got through the tricky bit where I kept crying into my keyboard and I’m pushing through. I had a good chat with Debbish the other day about a bit of a plot problem that I’ve written myself into a corner with and have a clearer idea of how I’m going to resolve that. And as much as I loved her suggestion about turning the whole thing into a murder mystery, I’m not going there – as it is my browsing history (solely for research purposes) is a concern to my husband.

It’s something I’ve done a bit with this book – write myself into knots, that is. Partly that’s because this is the first time I’ve written a story that’s not purely about a romance. It absolutely does have a romance at the heart of it, but the story is much wider than that. It’s also partly because my story has changed so much from when I first started writing it. It’s one of the reasons why I’m glad that I’m an indie author. I don’t have to explain to anyone why the story that’s being delivered is profoundly different from the story that was pitched.

Another thing that’s occurred to me this week is just how much layering in of texture I’m going to need to do in the next draft.  There’s an excellent cast of family members in this book, but not so many friends or colleagues. I’ll pick that up with the rewrite.

So, that’s your update for the week. I’m still on track to finish the first draft in another week or so – although I’m now going to be away for most of the middle of February. It’s part work and a little bit of play. What it means is that I need to make the most of every spare minute.

Until next week.

 

One Reply to “Happy Ever After – Week 8”

  1. I’m glad you’ve worked your way through the plot . I love how your characters have a mind of their own and you talk about the story almost becoming its own entity. I’ve heard other writers do that and worry I’m such a control freak it’d never happen!

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