Writing update – Coming up for air!

I am presently working on two books simultaneously. God’s Bolt and its sequel, which I am renaming Reawakening.  I’m not sure that is a great idea because it means I am having to juggle both books in my head at the same time and that sometimes leads to confusion.

Both the books have been through a number of editing/rewrites. Both are now radically changed from what they started off as.

God’s Bolt was an idea I have had buzzing around my head for some twenty years. As with many musicians I like the idea of limiting myself. I wondered if it was possible to write a novel with just one character. This is that book.

It is a Sci-fi novel set in 2178. My character is a young woman who is on a Space Station as the rest of humanity is wiped out (along with all life on Earth) by an asteroid strike. My story is about her – Helen Southcote.

God’s Bolt does not only feature the one character. I had to fill in the back story and elaborate on the asteroid.

It begins with the destruction of the Earth and goes back and forward from there. What would you do if you were the last living human stuck out on a Space Station in space?

I wrote it in one format and carried out two rewrites when a discussion with my editor friend made me think that the structure of the book was wrong. That prompted a complete restructuring and rewrite which I completed a couple of weeks ago. It was a major exercise. What came out the other end was a great improvement that I was well pleased with.

So God’s Bolt is now back with my editor and another friend and I am awaiting their verdict as to whether it works. I think it does. The proof will be in the reaction.

On the day I had completed the first draft of God’s Bolt I was discussing it with my editor friend who suggested the idea for the sequel. It fired me up and I went straight home and started work on it. The result was Reawakening. 

Reawakening continues the story of Helen Southcote but adds in an alien dimension.

After I had written Reawakening (which came out remarkably quickly). I sent it off for editing. It received very positive responses but there were the same comments about it’s bittiness and that it jumped about too much.

While Reawakening was being read I was busy rewriting and reworking God’s Bolt. It became apparent that I had to carry out the same reorganisation on Reawakening  that I had carried out on God’s Bolt.

In many ways it is harder drastically reorganising a novel than it is starting from scratch. It’s like restructuring a house.

Last night I finally put it all back together and I am delighted with the result. My editor said on first read that it was the best book I’ve written to date. I think it might be.

I’m printing it off today to take round to her to edit and review. I think she’ll be impressed.

So now both projects are complete. Both are, or will shortly be, with editors. I await their responses.

I am hopeful that both books will be available in a month or two. I can’t wait to hold them in my hands. They have taken a great deal of time and sweat.

Now I’ll turn my attention to my Nick and Roy Harper books.

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Writing Update.

I’ve been editing God’s Bolt. My editor wanted a restructuring and two new sections.  I have written the two sections and carried out a complete restructuring. I think it flows a lot better.

The next step is for me to reread the book. Then make the necessary adjustments that will have arisen due to the restructure. Then it goes back to my editor for pronouncement.

It is all taking a bit longer than I imagined but I think it has become a better book.

Meanwhile the sequel to God’s Bolt – which is presently called Unfinished Business, but which I am going to retitle – is with my editor. He is part-way through and enthusiastically has told me it is my best yet. We’ll see what he thinks when he gets to the end.

When I get Unfinished Business back I will address the editing.

Both of those Sci-fi novels should be out by spring.

Ruminating on Roy Harper is next in line. I have had discussions with a few people and am making a decision soon. It will need a reread and another edit. Then we’ll see.

The Wilderness Years – Nick Harper – is complete and edited. It merely requires a professional page layout.

So it is busy times!! I’ll keep you posted.

Meanwhile – thank you to everyone who is buying my books. I’m very grateful and I hope you are enjoying them half as much as I enjoyed writing them.

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Thank you.

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Good News on the Writing Front!!

I have been very busy writing this summer!

I have produced not one but two new Sci-fi novels.

My novel Conexion is away being editing still. When I get it back I shall address all the issues and then publish. I am hoping that will be out before Christmas.

I just completed the first draft of my latest Sci-fi book – God’s Bolt – at 1.30 last night.

I was discussing this at length with my other editor yesterday. I am starting the rewrite. When that is complete I will pass it on to him to edit. I am really pleased with the way it has gone. Out of our conversation I got the idea for an interesting sequel. Early this morning I was driven out of bed to map it out. As soon as I have the other two finished I will start to write it.

Exciting times. The juices are flowing!!

I have two other books sitting there from a while ago. The Nick Harper book still resides with Nick. The guy doing the layout was ill and unable to do it. It is now awaiting action. Nick is so busy I haven’t had time to discuss it with him so I don’t know when that will see the light of day.

My Roy Harper book I was very happy with but Roy wasn’t. I’m still thinking about whether I should do a rewrite.

That’s all for now folk!! Productive times!!