I finished my novel, ‘Never Be Unsaid’ and hit the 50,000 word target for National Novel Writing Month. All up the novel has nearly 90,000 words and is currently being reviewed by my literary friend and fellow author, Ginny Lowndes. I can’t stress enough the value of having a critical friend review your work. Ginny has given me some great tips and ideas for improving my novel. It will mean more writing, but this project has taken a couple of years to get from idea to manuscript, so a few more weeks will be worth the wait and the effort.
I learned my lesson with the 2011 Nanowrimo event. That produced the 2012 Miles-Franklin Award entrant, ‘Twenty Seven Seventy’. It was rushed, not so much the writing but the vital background work; the editing, proofing and reviewing that makes all the difference between a good novel and a literary masterpiece. I’m hoping this year, ‘Never Be Unsaid’ will be that literary masterpiece. I have said everything in it I have to say for now so my next work will be more commercial. I have chosen YA, or young adult (also known as teen fiction) for my next genre. I recently completed a YA novel for a client as a ghostwriter and enjoyed the work. I also consider ‘Twenty Seven Seventy’ to be suitable for a YA audience (12-18+), but y next work will be aimed at the market and the vocabulary used will be far more simple and easy to understand by the major group of readers too often passed by. Boys.
I know from my own work as a tutor many simply hate reading because they aren’t very good at it. A lot of that comes down to not being interested in the book’s characters and plot. I’m going to see if I can add to the body of work available, give them the modern equivalent of Biggles, The Famous Five or Swallows and Amazons, without resorting to witches, wizards, zombies, vampires or orcs. Wish me luck.