This week has not seen a great change in what I’ve been doing. I’m still working on the last half of the standalone but I’m now in the home straight. Remember that I said I wanted to finish it by the end of February. I might miss my deadline by a day or two but I am nearly there.
What I did this week was jump from the the last three quarters and wrote the ending because I knew what that was. I’d been dragging my feet a bit and starting to get a bit stale, so jumping ahead gave me a little life again. It worked wonders. The whole ending is written and now I’m filling in that last ten thousand words between where I’d left it and the ending. After that I have to kick it into some kind of shape.
The reason I need it in such decent shape is that I’m going to be sending it out to agents.
My last agent and I recently parted ways. Well, it’s been a few weeks actually but I have put off telling you for various reasons. It was an amicable parting as they should be.
This means that I’m in the market for a new agent because I won’t give up in my quest to have a traditional deal. It may be with this book I’m writing now. But if not, I have another idea for a standalone that is a little more ‘out there’ and I’ll submit again with that book. It’s not as though I’m going to stop writing. I love what I do. I’ll keep on doing it. No matter what happens. I’ll just keep on writing stories. I love it. It gives me joy every day. It gives me reason to get up every day.
So, once I’ve finished this first draft, I’ll work on any structural changes I think it needs, then tidy it up copy wise and send it out. While that is happening I will pick back up the new series I had started and continue drafting that. I’m about 13,000 words into it. I’ll tell you more about it as I work on it.
What can I tell you about this standalone?
It’s a change in direction for me. It’s not a police procedural. In fact there are barely any scenes with any police officers in there at all. Yet it is still a crime novel. I’m really excited about it because it is different for me. It was like a palate cleanser. I really enjoyed writing it. I am enjoying writing it. I’m going to enjoy whipping it into shape. The protagonist walks a fine line between being likeable and unlikable and that’s a difficult one to pull off because you want readers to stick with you throughout the whole book. I think there will be more work for me in the edit stage than there usually is for my procedural books. Just to try to make this work. If it does then I will feel a huge sense of achievement. If it doesn’t then I’ll be proud of myself for trying because I have really enjoyed working on it no matter what happens to it and that’s what this writing life is all about.
What’s your week been like this week? Do let me know, I love to hear from you.