I sat down tonight for the first time is a while to face the novel again. Deep breath, et cetera.
It's always a bad sign when I avoid getting started and even worse when I look at the manuscript utterly confused as to what I should do now.
It sort of like writer's block I guess. I don't, by the way, subscribe to the existence of writer's block, just bone laziness.
Anyway it seemed pretty obvious why I was resorting to avoidance and confusion. I didn't have the faintest idea where I was or what I needed to do. Thus we go to the other great skill of the novelist (well this one anyway): The List!
I have a few scabby notes lying around detailing what I think needs to happen (which I have also intimated in this blog), but what I need to do is map these out to the existing work and see what needs to go where and why.
As usual, I'll post it up here when it's ready.
I may have said this before, but I don't think there's much more that needs doing to the story. It just needs a sharp eye and a good editor.
More on my editor options soon.