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Edit diary and short story ideas

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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Edit diary

Day 21 (March 13)

Plan for the day: Focus on problematic chapter in Part One,[it was one of a number of previous first chapters, but which now sits four (perhaps five) chapters on]. Needs transition to its new location and removal and improvement of content that has now found an earlier home. If time permits, work on other areas.

Edit progress:  Found a way to leap forward four years (hopefully seamlessly) and noted redundant stuff as well as foreshadowing an imminent and unwelcome event. Did not enter new text but flagged all new ideas to work on. Feeling satisfied with the day’s efforts with that chapter.

Also had a look at the final chapter for Part Two which will now become the end of Book One (Always . . . ? – I think that title may remain). Again no new text, but the same flagging of new approaches. Needs to be fleshed out, to leave just a little doubt about whether it is a ‘happy ever after’ conclusion.

Other: Almost completed the critique of a chapter of a finished novel from one of the Writer’s Group members. It’s getting near to submission stage. Another friend sent details of a short story competition. I’m thinking about that, feeling a bit non-committal about entering.

Changes to come

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