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16/03/2020: OPINION BLOG: Utilising Your Time

We all know what’s going on all around the world at the moment, so I’ll not talk here about it specifically. However, keeping our minds occupied is going to be important. As writers we do tend to go off on a tangent and find our time has been filled by thinking or over-thinking things that are unnecessary and, sometimes, potentially not healthy for us. So, let’s say you’ve got a work in progress sitting on your laptop. When writing a novel, aside from the content itself, there is truly plenty to do surrounding its creation.

Here are just some of the activities you’ll need to think about: Does it need finishing? Is it already finished but untouched for so long it needs a read through? Maybe it needs editing to tighten up any plot holes and unneeded words? Do all your characters have justifiable jobs to do? Are all your characters actually needed or were you seduced by having four/six/eight in your story? Are some of them doubles of another but you got entwined with how they look more than what they’re there for? Are they doing what they were intended to do? Do they all progress the story? How about a proofread? And don’t forget another edit or two (this should be repeated several times). Has it been beta read? Have you given it a final read through? Has it been polished? Have you written a synopsis? All this takes time. Lo and behold that’s exactly what we may be facing in the coming weeks and months so put this time to good use. We’ve been given guidelines of timelines for the spring, summer and possibly into the autumn so it might be useful to write a plan of your intentions in order to keep track of them. For further advice, tips and exclusive offers on creative writing, why not subscribe to my monthly newsletter? If this sounds right up your street, email sarah@loveofbooks.co.uk with ‘Newsletter Subscription’ in the header and I’ll ensure you’re on the very next one. Until next time…

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