Pleased to report I'm now on the last chapter, so I'll hopefully finish it this week or next.
I'm already feeling the tug of disappointment that I'll be temporarily saying goodbye to my hero and heroine from this story.
But the good news is I'll be getting back to one of my Serena Lake historicals. Serena has been a little neglected while I've been so busy this past couple of months.
I'll be able to return to my Nottinghamshire based story with renewed enthusiasm, despite my first chapter not making the shortlist of the New Talent Award.
Yes, it's disappointing, but that chapter does need more work. Plus I won't have the constraints of a set word count to conform to.
I'll be leaving chapter one as it is, for the moment, while I start with chapter two for the second draft.
Draft two is going to be a lot of work as I'll be making changes, adding and removing scenes, and developing a few of the minor characters- now I know what they're doing.
The last two years have been a big learning process, but I now know what works for me. I'm no longer allowing myself to get held up because something isn't working. I make a note about it and carry on with the scene beyond it.
I've learnt to listen to my characters, but interfere when they're getting out of hand.
Now I just need to keep putting in as much time as I can on the rewrite.
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