Rewrite week is going to entail, oddly enough, continuing the rewrite. It shall also be spent watching the first two series of both Game of Thrones and Sherlock (Star Trek: Into Darkness has enlightened me to the charms of a certain actor…), and reading (yes brain, reading, you remember how to do that) Philip K Dick’s The Man in the High Castle.

(At the moment, I want to have serious words with the blurb writer. The blurb makes the book sound fascinating, and it really isn’t. I’m hoping that it’s just a really slow starter and that I will soon be so utterly gripped by the narrative that I’ll forget to eat.)

Anyway, rewrite week. Well, I was going to set myself some kind of challenge to rewrite as much as possible, but then I remembered that rewriting involves a lot of time, attention and inner torment (my words, they are being deleted!). It’s going to take a while to overhaul the ramblings of my 2003 NaNoWriMo infused brain and that’s just how it goes. At least I know that book two, last year’s effort, is in much stronger shape.

I fear that book one suffers from a bit of youthful over exuberance at the sheer fact that words – my words – were being typed onto a page in narrative form. It needs a lot of trimming. In other words:

“Whenever you feel an impulse to perpetrate a piece of exceptionally fine writing, obey it—whole-heartedly—and delete it before sending your manuscript to press. Murder your darlings.”

Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch

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