This afternoon my dear friend Vanessa came over for a cup of coffee and a catch-up, and somewhere in there we talked about my book and how I’ve been telling the story and ohmygoodness I think I’ve decided to do a substantial re-write. She has inspired me to take a slightly different approach, one that I had considered earlier but dismissed as a bit too superfluous-sub-plot-ish but she reckons (and I agree) that it would actually add a lot to the story.
I was just telling PJ about it, over a glass of champagne, and I suddenly made one of those connections, those little discoveries or realisations or breakthroughs where you figure out the answer. I’ve got it! Now I know how I’m going to structure it in this new and improved way. Yay! Pour me another glass!
It’s going to require some serious re-doing. I won’t need to delete very much, but there’s an awful lot to be added. But I’m very excited to embark on the make-over.
Meanwhile, I’m adding my mother in law and my BFF Mel to my list of people who have read the manuscript as-is and think it’s terrific. I can’t tell you, internet, how wonderful it is to be getting all this great feedback. Because even if I eventually give it to someone in the publishing industry and they tell me it’s actually crap, I won’t care so much because the people who matter to me think it’s alright.
And what do publishers know, anyway? How many of them rejected the Harry Potter books? I rest my case.