I’ve been slack with website posts, I know. Sorry, guys! But I do have a good excuse: I’ve been rewriting an old manuscript — the very first one I ever wrote, in fact. That first incarnation took me nine months, was completed toward the end of 2003, and came in at a staggering 150,575 words. Yikes. Obviously I subscribed to the ‘why use one sentence when a whole paragraph — or two! — will do’ school.
Reading that version now, I shudder. It’s a bit of a mess to be quite frank. I had a lot to learn about the craft of writing. A lot. Even so, I can still see the guts of a really good story – – a story that Clendon Readers loved and scored high enough to get me into the final of the RWNZ Clendon Award back in 2004. Just as well the Clendon is a full-manuscript contest, though. Because man, that original beginning? It truly sucked.
Since then The Seer — or Seer’s Hope as it’s now called — has been rewritten more times than I can count. It’s one of those stories that wouldn’t lay down and die. So much so, that before I realized it was crazy for unpublished writers to write series books (that whole ‘ if the first one doesn’t sell to a publisher, the subsequent books in the stories are dead in the water so don’t do it’ issue), I wrote two more books in the Dayamari Seer series, and finished up with a trilogy. Um, yeah. I’ve never been one to do things the easy way. *wry grin* But every time I took a break from writing something new, I’d go back to this first manuscript and apply what I’d learned.
Some of what I learned was obviously to do with word-counts, and how it’s almost impossible for a new writer to have a loooong book published, because the latest version of the manuscript I began working on a couple of months back was around 125,000 words. And after a couple of tough passes to tighten the book further, I’ve cut another 16,000 words from the story.
I’m happy with it now, so it’s time for editing and proofing. And I get to play a little and start scouring the stock photo sites for suitable cover art. *rubs hands in glee* So if you like fantasy romance with other worlds, magic, seers, and capricious gods, then watch out for Seer’s Hope, coming soon!
I’ll keep you posted.