I am doing the last few checks on my next book, Magick. I’ve worked really hard on it, not just writing the story, but editing, correcting, rewriting, trying to spot mistakes. There are so many things to check and recheck, so many little things – spellings of names to make sure they are consistent, looking at dates to make sure I’ve not made a mistake, looking for typos – not spelling mistakes because they can get picked up but little things – ‘in’ instead of ‘an’ ‘hers’ instead of ‘hers’… I have reduced the original first draft by nearly 9,000 words, cutting out repetitions and waffle – and little words which creep in like ‘just’, ‘actually, ‘sort of’. Because it is told in the first person with a very strong and individual ‘voice’ there are all sorts of funny little things which are included, because that is the way the character would write; however, he is only a character, and all those little funny-osities can become really annoying!
I’m on target to publish on Tuesday, yes, Tuesday! However I still feel as if I’m going to running right up to the wire – I just want it to be the best I can make it!