How Much Is Too Much?

Okay, so I’ve finished editing Sanchin. I must have read the whole novel about ten times, tweaking a bit of dialogue here and a comma or two there. I’ve checked the formatting and I’m happy – I think!

How do you know when it’s time to stop? I know the story so well now I can almost tell it word for word without referring to the text and yet I’m still not sure it can’t be improved upon.

Well, it’s out of my hands now anyway so all I can do is sit here biting my nails and wait for feedback. It is still very tempting to go over my Open Office document just one more time though. Perhaps I should distract myself with chocolate and wait for a second opinion.

As I said in yesterday’s post, I have started outlining my next novel. It will be very different from Sanchin and has the working title Broken Bonds.

I actually wrote the first chapter sitting in bed last night. I have a rough idea where the story is going but one thing I love about writing fiction is how it can surprise you.

While I was writing Sanchin my characters would often do something unexpected and it would take the story in a different direction to where I thought it was heading.

It’s great when that happens. Unexpected twists and turns keep my interest as I write. That’s the main reason why I don’t like to plan ahead too much. I would far rather spend the time developing my characters.

As I get to know my characters they seem to take on a life of their own. I tried to fight a couple of  them in Sanchin as I was reluctant to deviate from my original plot. In the end, though, the characters won the day and I think the story is much better for it.

Gosh, is it just me, or do I sound like a raving loony?