There’s nothing like finishing a first draft and then reading through the new book you’ve written. I don’t know about other writers, but I tend to go in fits and starts. Some scenes almost write themselves, while others are obstinate about forming themselves on the page.
It’s such a relief to be done with that part because I’ve worked out (sort of) all of what happens and how the characters act and feel. Revision gives me the chance to take what I’ve written—hopefully good stuff—and make it better. I pick up on things I’ve repeated (and, yes, sometimes I repeat snatches of dialogue or even whole scenes without noticing in the draft phase), things I left out (Wait! I never had my sleuth talk to that suspect?), words that aren’t quite right, and paragraphs where every single sentence begins with a conjunction (And/But are my favorites.).
That’s what’s been happening in the last couple of weeks. I’ve been working at full speed to get that part finished. Now the book is off to my beta readers, who will certainly find things I missed. They always do.
Stating the obvious, because it’s right up there at the top of this blog post, I’ve also gotten the cover for Holly Green Murder from my cover designer. I love this cover! I love Christmas and I’ve wanted to write a Christmas book for years, but never had an idea for one, certainly not at the right time. But things came together this year, and now I’ve got my first Christmas book ready to be released next month.
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