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Judith Rook  (with Alison Dere)

Monthly Archive: August 2015

One down; More to go.

I have spent the last three weeks doing the final edit of my latest novel. It’s around 90,000 words long, and I swear I’ve looked at every single one individually, not to mention the punctuation. By ‘final’ I mean edit number five. Then I went back to my records and had a look at the rough draft which I put together in January this year. Well, a book’s got to begin somewhere, but I closed that file very quickly.

Now it’s on to the next novel. I’m in a mind to go back to the very first book I wrote and re-work it. The idea’s OK but I wrote it more for myself than for readers.  Or I can begin on the third book in my “Circe” series. It’s ready to roll.

As you can see, a writer never stops.

Good reading to everyone.

PS  The book is “The Three Ways of Desire” and sample material should be available from around 2/3 September.  The date for complete publication is 15th September, but the novel is already on pre-order on both Smashwords and Kindle.

Is it too easy to write?

A writer with whom I’m in contact says that she began writing “BC” – before computers. When a re-write had to be done then it was a big job and took serious time. She mentions carbon paper. It makes me think. Carbon paper? What about constantly dipping a pen into an inkwell?

There are so many thousands of people writing now. Is it because they are really driven to write or is it because it is so easy to write with text programs? Would there be as many writers if contemporary writing was the harder and slower physical process that it used to be?

It’s similar to being prodigal with paper.  If it’s easily available, it will be wasted.  If words are easily manipulated, perhaps they will be used carelessly.

There is another writer I know who does all her writing with ball-point pen in ruled note books.  I believe that Colleen McCullough produced real manuscripts, hand-written manuscripts, before transferring them to the typeface. And yet there are writers who say that the swiftness and easy corrigibility of computer authorship helps their creative energy.  When ideas are in full flow, the computer becomes essential.

To be truthful, I have not seriously thought of producing a proper MS.  If I did I think I might well find myself moving into a different relationship with my text.

I’ll wait for the next long power outage and make sure I have candles waiting; then I’ll see what happens.

 

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