Finally, 12 days after receiving my first set of comments and suggested amendments from my editor on The Highlander’s Maiden, I have finally finished those changes. My story is over 10,000 words shorter now and a lot has been rewritten and removed, but it does read better. As I started writing this at Christmas, it seems to have taken an eternity to complete. I really hope when my editor reads through the amendments, he doesn’t find too much more to change. When I sent the complete story to my editor 6 weeks ago, I did start to write something else, but that has been put aside the last 12 days while I dealt with this.
I appreciate the story outline my editor gave to me back in December, and I have enjoyed writing it and researching an era that I would not have ordinarily chosen to base my story in, but having many aspects of the story outline changed over the past couple of weeks and hacking apart what I’d written has left me feeling a bit frustrated and keen to move onto something else and learn from the errors that have been highlighted this time.
I was keen to go straight back to my new story, read through the 4 chapters I’ve written and try to identify similar errors I might have made and getting back to those characters (I got a bit confused between the 2 books when I was trying to write 1 and edit the other), but my heart simply isn’t in it. I think I need to have a relaxing day and try again tomorrow.
At least the end is in sight and hopefully The Highlander’s Maiden will be finished and ready for publication soon.
Sex on a Friday afternoon just isn’t working – writing it, not doing it!!! My editor’s advice to “lengthen the sex scene…have him take her hard, with her enjoying it…Duncan is the tall, strong, masculine Highlander and she is his young bride who he loves but wants to take and take hard…she should want it too and perhaps even beg him for it”.
I think for now I should skip this part and go back to it later because at the moment I feel slightly ‘impotent’. After I’ve finished the amendments to the 4 chapters that I have on my desk, I only have 4 more chapters’ worth of amendments to get from my editor and then hopefully there won’t be too much more to do before its ready for publication. I can’t wait. It’s been a long hard slog to edit this one, but I’m sure our hard work (thank you James) has made it so much better.
My editing of The Highlander’s Maiden is turning out to be a long and drawn out process. I have completed changes to the first ten chapters and am awaiting further feedback from my editor on the rest of it. I’m trying not to get too downhearted as I have to agree all the changes are improving it, but I’m angry with myself that I’ve caused my editor so much hard work.
In between editing I’ve made a start on my next unnamed story and have done a few chapters already. I’m trying to be more careful this time and learn from my previous mistakes so hopefully huge chunks of it won’t end up being ruthlessly hacked out as I try to get it to a publishable standard. After relatively minor changes to my previous books, I’m feeling a bit down that I’ve made such a hash of this one.
I am pleased that I am a step closer to getting my latest story, The Highlander’s Maiden, published. I’ve just got my editor’s comments and suggestions for changes to the first four chapters and I’ve worked my way through them. As more feedback has been promised tonight and I’m on holiday from work for the next couple of days, I’m hopeful that I might get it amended to my editor’s satisfaction this week and it may be published soon. I’m still as excited as I was when I got my first full length story published almost a year ago.
I am slightly disappointed to come to the end of writing A Highlander’s Maiden, but at the same time I’m very happy too. It’s longer than I imagined at 77,469 words (22 chapters) and I have the unenviable task of spending my Sunday giving it a final proof read from beginning to end before sending it to my editor. Fingers crossed he likes it!
For the past three months, since the publication of The Lady and the Sheriff, for some reason my confidence has nosedived and I really struggled to get to grips with my next story, The Highlander’s Maiden.
I’m really not sure whether it was ‘writer’s block’, lack of confidence in my ability to write, or whether I just didn’t have the self-belief that I could do justice to the fantastic new plot line my editor had handed to me. It was actually probably a combination of all three!
After a few weeks of sulking and doing no writing at all, I spent a little time writing a few paragraphs, reading it and deleting it as ‘a load of rubbish’ or ‘something a child could have written’. To say I threw a few tantrums is an understatement.
Eventually, with a little encouragement from my best friend, and a very much appreciated pep talk and a little more encouragement from my editor, The Highlander’s Maiden finally started to take shape and I’m really pleased that I finally have the whole story written. The only down side is that I have written random scenes and chapters and now I need to piece it all together, though I’m probably halfway through it now and I am very happy with it so far.
In writing this, I have also overcome one more stumbling block. I have finally posted to my blog, which I viewed with some trepidation when it was set up for me (thanks Korey x). My next challenge is to work out how to use the little gizmo where I supposedly update my progress with my latest story. Another few tantrums were had as I tried to fathom this out and in frustration I threw a cup at the PC screen (fortunately it was just a paper cup!)
I hope to have The Highlander’s Maiden ready to send to my editor this weekend. I have really enjoyed researching the period in the 1600s when my story is set and am glad I accepted the challenge to try something different.
Now my fingers are firmly crossed that when I post this message, it appears where it’s supposed to otherwise the PC is in danger of having things thrown at it again – and worryingly there are only real cups around today!
Stormy Night Publications designed this blog for me, and it’s officially ready!