Gibbous House

By Ewan Lawrie

Nicholas Nickleby meets Psycho in a gothic, 19th-century noir

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

What's Going On With Mr Moffat...

As those who have seen this blog post  will know, I have had around 50,000 words of a sequel knocking about for some time. Yesterday I bit the bullet and began weeding out the tares prior to writing the other 150,000 or so words I'd like the book to have. Having come to a halt at 50,000 I'm not sure if I need the surgeon's scalpel or the butcher's cleaver!

Anyway, if you click on the link above you'll see that the opening paragraph is... well... has disappeared. If I do make a start on the last three quarters of the book, I'll be sure to let you know. Part of the problem is how I actually write. I can't be doing with spread-sheets and flow-charts and planning. I do use a flow chart when a first draft's  finished, to see where the continuity gaffes are. My books are written in an accretive way, events fall on events until I have a mound of stuff. At that point I send for the cavalry. An editor will tell me that encounter D between character's X and Y does not, in fact, add anything to the storyline or scene A is a digression and 'really needs to go'. This often means getting rid of something really dear to my heart. HOWEVER, the editor is right, every time.

Anyway, I'll get on with "No Good Deed ... Or What Moffat Did Next". Funny that, I never do know what he's going to do next.

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