Writerly Navel-Gazing ~ Week 24: Questions 22 and 23

I’m aware this post is very, very late. Apologies. I’m about to have a mental breakdown trying to finish The Mayor and sell my house at the same time (my timing, as always, is impeccable) so please bear with me…

Part of the 30 Week Writing Challenge. Click here to view all questions.

 22. Tell us about one scene between your characters that you’ve never written or told anyone about before, serious or not.

This is an impossible question to answer, because talking about scenes I have not yet written would be spoiling the book, and I pretty much tell K.F. Goodacre everything before I write it anyway. If I haven’t told her about it, it’s because I haven’t thought of it yet. So we’ll all just have to wait and see! Seriously, a lot of my book is a complete mystery to me…

23. How long does it usually take you to complete an entire story—from planning to writing to posting (if you post your work)?

I do not post my work. It would spoil the surprise!

I started getting ideas for The Mayor around April 2009, then began putting words to paper late that May. That was 8 years ago! I only had a (very) vague outline of the main plot when I first started, which is something I’ve come to seriously regret because the original draft is an absolute mess; I developed the characters, themes, setting and story as I went along, which shows. I got completely lost about halfway through the first draft (I spoke a little about this in my previous post) and didn’t touch it for several years.

Fortunately, I made an effort to pick everything up again at the beginning of this year, and since then have beasted through the second half. I’ve written just over half a book within the space of a year, which is more progress made in the last 9 months than in 2-3 years when I started working on it. Though I’ve fallen a bit behind these last two weeks, there’s still a very good chance I can make my 31st December deadline for a complete first draft.

S.E. Berrow

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