So….just finished work on ‘The Namesake’ – it has been a long trek – I think I started 3 or 4 years ago…..the first draft was complete during the summer of 2016 and I’ve been re-writing like a demon since then.
When I re-write I like to read out loud. It’s not that I like the sound of my own voice – just that the act of reading aloud seems to show up problems in the manuscript – makes them stand out. I have a very understanding partner but a few weeks ago I did the decent thing and moved my ‘operation’ out to the shed. I go all ‘Roald Dahl’ and hide myself away at the bottom of the garden for 2 or 3 hours a day and confuse the neighbours with silly voices etc.
I use Word, and as I’m reading aloud I add in comments. I then go back and work on whatever it is that grates. Adding in comments in my version of Word creates a column at the side of the text – so when I deleted the last comment yesterday (having ‘dealt’ with everything) the whole page jumped to the right and changed shape (no more comments = no more comments area to display). So there was this kind of ‘oh’ feeling that hit me. ‘My work here is done’.
Well – I say ‘done’. Obviously I’m climbing the mountain now – starting the process of pitching the manuscript to Agents. They say that part of being a successful author is knowing how to deal with rejection….I am braced.
I’ve made a promo for the book – take a look and let me know what you think…