Sunday, June 07, 2009

Out With the Old and In With the New

For the last few days I've been able to lounge on the sofa and watch tv without a nagging guilt weighing down on me. It's a complete relief to have finished my edit!

Thank you for your editorial consultancy suggestions, my shortlist is the Writer's Workshop, Hilary Johnson's Advisory Service and the Literary Consultancy. I've sent out a few query emails so as soon as I hear back I'll submit my ms for an honest appraisal. I'm nervous for my little book that could...

I started work on my second novel yesterday, choosing the characters' names, putting together a rough outline and so on. It never feels like work or effort at this point, it's just pure creativity and it feels wonderful. I downloaded yWriter and I've already fallen in love with its fantastic tracking and chunking facilities - for example you can rate each scene for tension and then see the rise and fall of your novel in a handy graph, or make a note of your deadlines for each stage and keep track of the daily word count needed to meet those deadlines. Even better it's free!

I've given myself a month to work on the characters and outline the novel, which is a little daunting as I only have a few scenes in my mind at the moment but I'm sure as I keep plotting and researching it will all come together.

11 comments:

Pat Posner said...

Have fun letting the new book 'bubble' Yvonne.

xxPat

HelenMHunt said...

That is all so exciting - both the idea of the current novel going out into the world and the process of starting a new one.

JJ Beattie said...

Oh wow, how exciting. Can't wait to hear more of both...

Debs said...

I've heard so many good things about ywriter, I think I should download it too.

Karen said...

Sounds exciting!

I can't get to grips with that YWriter though :o(

Angie said...

Well done jumping into the next novel! That sounds exciting.

Can't wait to hear about the editorial consultancy.

Fionnuala Kearney said...

Hi Yvonne, I'm letting mine languish for another two weeks before I tackle what I hope wont be too much of an edit. Then I too want to send it out for appraisal. It will be interesting to see what you come up with as these are companies I was thinking of sending mine to also. Let me know what you decide! manicmuse@sky.com
x

KatW said...

Great that you are sending your book into the world & it is always exciting setting the stage for a new world & story. Sounds like you're doing fab!

Kat :-)

circus monkey said...

Do you think anyone would be interested in my autobiographical novel of a life of servitude, debasement and rushed meals in a travelling circus?

Yvonne said...

Pat, it's a lovely picture that the word "bubble" conjures up.

Helen and JJ, it's very exciting!

Debs and Karen, so far I like yWriter, and you can use word as your text editor if that suits you better.

Angie and Fionnuala, I decided on the Writer's Workshop, reasons explained in the post above this one!

Kate, cheers!

James said...

Hi..!!
Its really great..
I raelly like it:)