STONE WARRIORS - EDITING THE FIRST DRAFT
165 days ago
This week I've finished Stone Warriors, the next book in the Mesolithic series. Now I'm editing and tweaking the story. My method of editing is quite 'forensic' - I look at every paragraph and ask myself whether its inclusion is justified. Does it move the story on, or is it just filling a space?
Someone asked me why I'm writing another story about Zeta and her tribe. Quite simply, I've become so attached to the characters that I'm not ready to leave them! I wanted to know myself what happened next and this evolved as I wrote through the way the characters behaved in certain situations. In other words, they often ended up telling their own stories.
Next time I'll show you more about how I plot. How once I've got my main characters, I write in one sentence what the story's going to be about. I knew that in both books, the characters had journeys to make and on those journeys there had to be obstacles to overcome.