We write, we write some more.
We delete whatever it was we wrote, and then we write some more.
Whatever was deleted is reinstated.
We write a bit more, change our mind, alter the narrative ever so slightly and then redelete whatever it was we removed the first time.
The narrative looks good – we like what we’ve written, and we feel brave enough to offer it out to the world for Beta critique.
Amy Grace: Home is the fifth instalment in our historic fantasy thriller.
Four Volumes [Thomas Payne; Magic; Gotham & Prison] are in the can – this one we are still kicking around.
From earlier reviews we know certain readers like some bits, and some, no matter what will never like other bits – we take the rough with the smooth.
We value their opinion.
Critique is the lifeblood of a drafting scribbler.
For the feedback we patiently wait.
And then someone says “It was so easy to get back into the life of Amy. It was like putting on a comfortable warm coat.”
That’s it, I am done.
It’s not a review from the Booker Prize committee – but I’m banking that one.
That one I’m keeping.
Stay safe and remain sane!