Have sent my novel ‘Brown Bread’ off to be proof read, so have finally got a bit of a hiatus from it. Hopefully the feedback won’t be drastic. I have turned my attentions back to what I hope is a second in the crime fiction genre titled ‘The Golden Brick’ which will be more overtly humorous than Brown Bread and features a young estate agent in dire straits desperate to win the golden brick- a new award set up by Ernest Proctor Estates, his employer. Conor, the anti-hero of the piece takes some drastic measures to win the prize, given to best salesman of the year and, is literally a brick of gold.

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At what point is a novel finished? Every novel has strengths and weaknesses. Guess it’s a question of degree and once you feel that the strengths outweigh the weaknesses by a comfortable margin. As I edit and re-edit weaknesses seem more apparent, but that’s bound to happen too as the freshness of the writing has evaporated for me.

Taking the break for a day seems to have done some good. There is also the inescapable truth that a small volume of beer had to be allowed make its way through the system. Writing in the afterglow of the beer haze doesn’t always work out. It can be an impetus to impulsive writing, but it can also lead to some unsteady drivel. 

Taking a break from writing today to see if it imbues tomorrow’s efforts with a sense of freshness. Sleeping on it and letting it percolate through to see if the characters come out on stage and speak up for themselves.

It’s funny how characters can seem so real at the start of a story but by the time you’ve edited and re-edited they begin to take on a life of their own and you are left wondering who exactly they are. Going back to what formed them initially as a person is the only way I can find of re-establishing contact.