I am pleased to have returned to my new, still unnamed, story today and even more thrilled that I’ve read through it and discovered I have not repeated the same errors this time as I did in The Highlander’s Maiden (mainly writing a chapter from the perspective of more than one character). I have managed to keep away from doing that this time and I’m generally happy with my first 4 chapters and have today added a 5th.
I took my editor’s advice to write a story outline before starting to write and am working from that rather than writing blindly and seeing where the story takes me. It’s good to work with a structured outline and to know where my story is headed and where I want it to go along the way. Also having the character sketches is helping me, rather than jotting down notes here and there and losing them! I have changed my mind on a few details already, and I’m sure more will change before it’s finished, but I’m happy to be writing something new and enjoying it once more.
I think it’s safe to say I hate editing, but I realise it’s a necessary evil to get a story right. I’ll have to put my latest writing aside some time this week to do final changes to The Highlander’s Maiden, but I’m pretty confident that there won’t be too much to change now and it will hopefully be published soon.