Sorted! Eight days overdue, but the NaNo project is finally done. I have made it to the end of the story and have rounded it off with a grand total of 82,055 words. Lol, part of me still wants to tot up word counts and update them to the website, but since the end of November that hasn’t been possible. Ho hum. What counts is that its done.
So, sweat and tears, strain and effort have gone into putting together a novel in a tiny space of time. A novel that now needs to be fine tuned and honed into something beautiful and readable by all! Should be easy right? Well… I don’t know.
I’ve been off work for two days, sick as a dog, sleeping for almost 18 hours out of the 24 in each day. In fact, today I’ve been awake for five hours and that’s the longest I’ve managed in one run. I can’t believe a cold/flu/whatever the hell it is, could knock me out so firmly. I’d just put my head down and be gone! Snoring away, visiting the land of nod. I guess I needed it though; and that’s part of the healing process.
Anyway, all that is an aside, my point being that I feel this is why its taken me so long to get the NaNo done. Lots of sleeping and not much writing. And the fact that I’ve written the prologue three times. I just couldn’t make myself like it. The first one didn’t seem to match the rest of the tone of the novel, the second was too long and the third, though a bit better, seems a bit wishy-washy.
I guess that’s what the re-writing process is all about though.
But that’s my decision by the way. NaNoWriMo, as a winner prize, offers a free proof copy of the novel, for the author (have I told you this already?) and then the choice to make it available through Amazon for folk to buy. I’m really chuffed about that, but the voucher available is only valid until June. That sounds like ages, but its now December and, frankly put, I have other things to do too. I’m moving house soon, I have a full time job to get through, I have RPGs to write for, a CIW to study for and so on. So six months… sounds long, it really isn’t. My plan is to draft as many people as I can to take a look at the work, let me know what they think while I have a break. I’m not going to think about it for a week – hopefully – while my brain decompresses and turns back to something like normal. Then, when I’ve done that, I can go back at it and begin looking at what needs changing, what needs fixing, what needs tweaking, what need moving and what needs deleting.
I’ve even thought more about things like names and where they come from and what they mean and so that will have baring on how the re-write goes. But I don’t imagine this will be a re-write like I’ve done in the past for SORB. The novel doesn’t need that level of re-work. Instead it needs smoothing out, clipping and neatening. Like manicuring your nails. You don’t rip off your nails and start from scratch, do you? No… you work with what you have, clip, file, buff, shine, polish what you have to make something beautiful from what you had. That’s how this novel is going to work.
Then, once I’ve done that, I can go back to SORB.
So I guess apologies are in order. This blog was intended to be about the work behind the publication of Silk Over Razor Blades, though its now turned into the work behind the printing of Clash Of The Animal Kings. Either way though, its nice to feel that I’m not restricted to one type of work. After all, SORB is a dark fantasy piece (vamp-lit as Ed might call it) while Clash of the Animal Kings (CotAK) is more like a surreal contemporary fantasy. Nothing dark about it, just a slightly out-there look at people who can turn into animals. Its based in Leicester for crying out loud; and tonnes of it happens in the city centre; not going to get too much more contemporary than that!