Sunday, 20 July 2014

Editing my Novel, Summer Days and the Orient Express

The 1st draft of a novel is from the writer's heart and soul whilst edits are necessary for a better translation.

I'm finding my way through a 1st edit of the draft I've completed, filling in gaps in the story line, sorting out continuity and chapter length. 

I plan to concentrate next on Durstan, my Monk, looking at his strengths and weaknesses as he has the main point of view in the novel.

Since I posted last I've written a few poems and have been reading a lot. I've recently finished "Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn; "Just in Case" by Meg Rosoff and a compilation of poems, all of which I enjoyed. The psychology behind the characters in Gone Girl is fascinating; Justin Case hilarious, and I love poetry.

I'm halfway through Phil Rickman's "The Remains of an Altar" featuring the incomparable Merrily Watkins and which is again a great story. 

I've always read in different genres out of interest and to stretch imagination.

I have Veronica Henry's light hearted "A Night on the Orient Express" to dip into next. I've wanted to make this train journey in reality ever since I traveled as a teenager with Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot, and a murder was solved along the way. 

All of which still leaves plenty more in the To Be Read pile!

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I'm still helping my Son, Tom, at his gym in Warwick
Upgraded Performance and we recently ran a competition on behalf of the Ifakara Bakery Project Charity Charity Link raising funds to buy 350 loaves of bread for the Tanzanian children.

We are now well into Summer, hot days and beautiful flowers. The red geranium is a favourite of mine. It reminds me of Italy and the Mediterranean sun. 

I hope you have a wonderful week. Thank you for visiting the Hope and Dreams Blog.