I had thought that my novel, ‘The Artemis Effect’ was just about to hit the shelves – that it was on the brink there, and just a matter of weeks before it toppled into the great world of Indie publishing. However, my little team of helpers, who I cannot thank enough, have suggested that it needs some major structural changes, and I can’t help but feel a little…deflated.
As Wallace (of Wallace and Gromit fame) said, ‘The bounce has gone out of his bungy.’
I absolutely subscribe to the principal that it should be as good as it possibly can be before it is launched on the unsuspecting public, and I’m willing to put in those final hard yards, don’t get me wrong. But fundamentally, I’m not really terribly good at patience!
In order to help out anyone else going through that final edit, please check out this link:
He has some great suggestions in there that are well worth looking out for such as:
- ‘Repeat‘ words (which are those one we use a lot in our own speech, I suspect),
- Absolutely, totally ‘Empty adverbs‘
- Phony dialogue – particularly ‘trendy’ dialogue. I read a great suggestion recently that you should read out all of your dialogue, and change it until it sounds real.
- Show, don’t tell. A really powerful one this, and well worth deep consideration.
So, I hope some of these help with your writing journey. My journey seems to have come to a mountain, but maybe when I start climbing it will turn out to be a molehill after all.