15 solid hours on “A Hare in the Elephant’s Trunk”

Just returned from spending the night at our cottage.  I put in 10 solid hours on Saturday and another 5 hours on Sunday, after receiving 7 pages of editing suggestions from my mentor, Gary Blackwood.  The weird part is, I was never bored or tired of reading, re-reading, and revising during that whole time!  The weather was beautiful, 10 degrees and sunny, so I did take a few outdoor breaks.  The manuscript now stands at close to 65,000 words – it started at 21,000 last July when I submitted it to Peter Carver and Kathy Stinson for their Port Joli writing retreat.  WOW!  Never thought I had that many words in me, but there are just so many details that need to be included to make the story authentic, and interesting!  I recently bought a couple of books over the internet about the Dinka people and folktales, and they’ve been very helpful. If you’ve never attempted writing a novel, I can only say be prepared to surprise yourself – it’s a ton of work, but lots of fun, too – provided you enjoy working with words, that is…Still lots more revising to do, but I’m getting there.  TTYL

About janlcoates

I'm a Nova Scotia children's author. My first picture book, "Rainbows in the Dark", was published in 2005, by Second Story Press. My young adult novel, "A Hare in the Elephant's Trunk" was published in the fall of 2010, by Red Deer Press.
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