I’ve reached the 41,000 word point in the revision of my second novel, a psychological thriller set in the north of England. It’s taken a long time, about ten weeks, possibly more.
I often felt the previous drafts lacked a strong sense of story, resulting in sections that seemed to meander. The present draft focuses on a more detailed forensic plot with fewer characters than before. I’ve also relied less on clichés this time, such as endless dreams and memory flashbacks.
Early days, but I think the story is beginning to make better sense now.