My fascinating work of staggeringly imaginative otherworldiness got the s**t kicked out of it last week. I’m sitting at home waiting on the professional critiquer to send me a missive telling me he can’t speak any more because he’s so choked up with my phenomenal erudition.
But no, still the same comment on the novel’s basic flaw – quote,amazing piece of work that had me laughing and crying at the same time – but it isn’t a novel, more a series of scenes’.
Well that’s me well and truly burst. Plans to publish the book out of the window, ‘ball up on the slates’
I’m not sure I can face another rewrite – number 3 in my case. And those rewrites were not ‘a touch on the tiller’, those were full blown, turn the story upside down rewrites.
If anybody out there is thinking of writing a book – here’s a top tip. Do not launch into it and write and write. Yes you will end up with 80,000 words, but it will not be a book.
My advice? Write out a storyboard showing how the story will go – remember the ‘hero’s arc’ and make sure the story follows that, even if it’s a childrens’ book. Especially if it’s a book for children.
Once you have the story plotted and an ‘arc’ in place, write the last chapter first – then get moving.
It’s a tedious, frustrating, boring way to do something that should be fun – but if you do not, you will end up with a load of clever writing. A very long essay. An unpublishable book. Something to light the fire with.
Well now that’s off my chest? Where is that A2 sheet of paper and my crayons?