In my last post, I listed some of the pros and cons of ruthless editing a novel. Cutting and refining strengthens the structure and plot of the work, but the constant process of changing things sometimes affects the overall quality of the writing, resulting in a loss of immediacy.
My latest novel contains two viewpoint and I have found the female viewpoint the most difficult to bring to life. This problem didn’t occur in my debut novel, Secrets, when I narrated some of the story through the eyes of Kaz Bradshaw (third person). In fact, I found her viewpoint easy to bring off. However, I’m really struggling with the female viewpoint in my latest novel. It seems lazy in place, neither here nor there and too reported at times. I’ve typed copious notes on the chapters in question and expect I will need several more months of work before I feel ready to send out the novel.