Only a month to Christmas Day and I've just started thinking about all that I need to do.
Usually that's because November is busy with family birthdays so I don't think about the festive season until they're over.
I'm determined to get the Christmas cards into the post sooner rather than the last few posting days- which usually happens.
Since I received my readers report back from the RNA's New Writers' Scheme I've read it again and analysed what I need to concentrate on this time- I've identified my weak spots...
There are other aspects in the historical that need further thought, so while I resolve those, I'm going ahead with my original plan to do my contemporary romance idea for the 2020 NWS.
So, I've been learning more about character arcs which has helped me understand the issues with my historical romance protagonists- and for my contemporary where I'd gone astray in the first draft.
I've got a better understanding of beats in the three act structure, but need to work on the middle 50% of the story.
The good news is the first 25% of this one is doing what it should do, so I've begun the rewrite on those chapters, while I continue the outstanding research items.
My current reading is Our Uninvited Guests by Julie Summers.
It was pure chance that a Google search led to a mention of it in an article; then I searched for it on Amazon to find the kindle e-book on offer for 99 pence- a definite sign I should buy it! (It's now £3.99.)
An interesting read too.
It does have relevance; indirectly...
Have you ever gone looking for a book and found it's on offer just when you need it for research?