My novel journey, part II

Wow, time flies. Summer is over and Halloween-Brexit month is here…

I’ve now taken my first ever novel to a draft 1,5, rather than a second, but I’m very happy with that. It’s a story I love, but I’ve realised it needs to be reworked completely (I’m even thinking it might need a whole new setting!). I’m super chuffed that I got it this far, but now it’s time to work on something different and learn new things.

The biggest thing I learned from editing this novel is that I wrote it like a pantser, but I’m without doubt a plotter. A Plotter with a capital P, and with all the other letters in all-caps as well. Early on I did do some planning and plotting, or so past-me thought, but with hindsight I know I barely scratched the surface. So yes, it’s a good time to start again.

It’s daunting, but also exciting. I’ve had a few ideas over the past year that I’ve not had the chance to work on, and you know, a month before NaNoWriMo might be a good time to start brainstorming…

Currently though, I’m “refilling the well” by reading a lot – juggling Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne and A House of Ghosts by W.C.Ryan with podcasts like Writing Excuses – not a bad start to autumn.


Current reads: “Washington Black” by Esi Eduguyan

I love, love, love this book. That’s really the only reason for this post.

When I picked it up I expected to read an exciting and fast-paced steampunk adventure (it had an airship on the cover, okay?) but it’s not that kind of book. It is an adventure though, and I was not disappointed. In fact I liked the prose so much I dragged it out and read the book so slowly I had to renew it 5 times.

If you think that’s bad I have a book on my shelf that I’ve been working on for a year… Yeah, I have issues.

The book is written by Esi Eduguyan, a new author to me, although this is her third novel. The language and story is fantastic, and deeply moving. It only takes a few pages for me to thoroughly believe Washington Black was a real person.

The story starts on a plantation in Barbados where we meet the 11-year-old Washington Black just before he becomes an assistant to the plantation owner’s brother, who is building a Cloud-cutter (a kind of airship/hot air balloon) on which they both later escape… If you wish to read a proper review, which also mentions Eduguyan’s other work, look here: “beautiful and beguiling“.

Her other books are definitely on my to-read-list. x