As I’ve often stated before, the process of writing, producing and marketing a novel seems to go on indefinitely.
Recently, I took professional editorial advice and am now going through the opening chapters, sorting out issues that might not always seem plausible. I think the problem lies in having several unusual story ideas. A reader might accept one or two of these ideas before dismissing the story as lacking credibility.
I’ve also found that ruthless editing doesn’t always fix the problem. In fact, the changes can upset the balance of the story, resulting in an overall copy and paste feel. Possibly, the solution rests in developing the elements of the story in a way, so that events that may seem unbelievable make perfect sense because the writer has taken care to show how those events have come into being. In other words, anything’s believable but you have to tell it right (or something along those lines).
I expect to keep busy with the novel over the Christmas period.
Till next time.