Marking a milestone

Posted: May 28, 2012 in YA novel
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It’s May 28th 2012 – I have just written THE END. My new novel is finished. Or maybe just started. Depends how you look at things.

So OK, this is the beginning – of the redrafting, the working out of things that don’t work too well, the rectifying of inconsistencies (though I’ve tried really hard to monitor and check as I was writing), a serious tidying up, and the ongoing debate about a suitable title. The working title makes it sound like fantasy fiction, when it’s not. It’s a real headache.

But this post is to mark “an” ending. I wrote it. I got there. I’ve drafted a whole new book. And now I must polish it over the coming months.

In the meantime, I’m going to celebrate today  – or, more probably, sink down exhausted to munch on some nuts and cheese.

Before I go, I want to register some gratitude:

For my MacBook Air that has lived with me on my bed for the past seven months, recording every word of this drafting.

For my trusty work tool, Scrivener, that has made the task such a pleasure.

For my lovely daughter Esther, who has read and commented as I worked (send her some virtual hobnobs please).

For my tarot decks – especially the lovely Dragons Tarot, that is so crucial to the story – for their inspiration. (How come my middle grade novels had dragons in them and now this one has a dragon deck? *message to self to grow up*)

For friendly SCBWI folk, a few of whom (at the last conference and in York) have seen a couple of excerpts and given really useful feedback.

And now I’m tired. I hope to be back here regularly in future, with comments on the editing process and other wonderfully imaginative posts for your delectation, but right now, I’m out of words for the while. All 74,000 are written elsewhere!

  1. Bravo, Eleanor. It’s a good feeling, isn’t it?


    • Yes it is! Thing is, as an editor, I know too well that I can’t improve what doesn’t exist, so now it’s written the sky’s the limit. Upwards and onwards! Thanks for stopping by.


  2. Shoshi says:

    Well done, completing your novel. I wouldn’t know where to start! To each their own, I suppose. Thank you so much for your lovely comment on my blog,and I’m glad you like my art work.

    Sorry for the delay in replying, but I’ve been having problems with Blogger not letting me see my comments – it turns out it was a conflict with the new version of Firefox, but it seems to be sorted now, so I’m back again, desperately trying to catch up with my backlog!



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