on the writing & reading trail

Day 46 (April 12)

Editing: Really tuned in today: got straight to work on early new material and original beginning chapters. Improved wording for several sentences and changed sentence order in a number of paragraphs (something I seem to need to do quite often). Flitted between settings in the Glasshouse Mountains, Glasgow in the 1940s and 1980s, and Eyemouth on the east coast of Scotland, south of Edinburgh.

It soon became clear that scene re-ordering was also a priority which led on to a new quick scan. Because of today’s mind-set and work completed, it became quite clear that long chapters should be divided, making it possible to avoid awkward transitional details if I can find the right ‘foreshadow’ words.

In long-hand I worked out a new scene order and where chapter divisions should come in, and re-numbered chapters for the whole of Part One. Also became fairly convinced I’ll bring in two (maybe three) chapters from existing Part Two to Part One.

Many changes

And that notion led on to other possible options – structural type options. Now I’m thinking further consolidation may work through designating three or four parts within existing Part One. A quick sift through current Part Two suggests a similar increase in the number of Parts could be helpful for readers, but rather than division of chapters, a possible merging of some very short ones.

Will ponder these options as I continue, but suspect that’s how it will go.

Short stories: Will continue working on ideas. New ones keep popping into mind. First deadline is mid-May, so plenty of time. Breaking the day by working on something different for an hour or so around lunch-time, seems to keep thinking fresh.


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