Betting dangerously

It’s no secret how much I adore everything Robin Hobb does, and how badly I want to get my hands on Assassin’s Fate when it comes out on the 4th May.

It is also no secret that I’m incredibly gifted at procrastination and that 2016 was basically a black hole of progress for me. I have a book to edit and query and I’ve put it off for far too long.

That’s about to change, for I have made a bet. I agreed the terms last night: a book for a book.


I, K. F. Goodacre, will complete my edit of The Elder Throne before the 4th of May 2017. I will present it to my partner (and also my writing partner, S.E. Berrow) on this date. If I fail to do so, the novel Assassin’s Fate by Robin Hobb will be taken from me and I will not be allowed to read it until I have completed what I set out to do, whether this takes days, weeks, months or years.


It’s serious now.

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Block Be-Gone: A writer who writes once more!

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The final vestiges of my Winter Court writer’s block have disappeared. Woohoo! Specifically, they disappeared on Friday when I finished the final amendments to The Elder Throne, thus freeing up my creative brain space.

It’s been a hard slog through Winter Court so far, and I couldn’t fathom the reason why. I loved the plot and the characters… so why couldn’t I write it? Apparently, it was because my subconscious knew Elder Throne still had some kinks I needed to iron out, and wouldn’t let me leave the manuscript alone before I did.


I should be clear: whilst entertaining this writer’s block, I wrote 23,000 words of Winter Court. I just hated all of them. All. Of. Them. I wanted to write anything but them.

So, now I have my brain back, I’m revamping it. I’ve already redressed Chapter One to my satisfaction, worked out the problem I had with Anna’s nemesis, and added in a new character whom I love and fixes an issue I had with pacing.

Booyah!

1 down. Only 20 more chapters to go…

Earning My Stripes: My first rejection

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Those of you who tune into my Twitter feed may have already seen my first real milestone. On Friday, I received my first rejection letter for a query re. The Elder Throne.

It was an exceptionally polite and nice rejection letter, and I wouldn’t mind receiving such a missive again from them. Obviously, the basic message was still ‘no thank you’, which led me to conclude four things:

  1. Rejection isn’t as heart-crushingly awful as I thought it would be.
  2. My fellow writer friends (notably Lucy Flint, S.E. Berrow, Julie Hutchings and Mandy Rabin) are lovely, lovely people.
  3. The Elder Throne may not be as finished as I thought it was (but I’m waiting to make a decision on that one until after I receive replies from the outstanding 4 queries I sent).
  4. I can absolutely do this writing thing.

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Where the wild things are: Sending my first query into the world

On Friday 11th December, I was taken by a somewhat reckless desire to send my first query into the world. As you might know, I’ve been working on my query approach and manuscript submission for the last two months, but I hadn’t considered sending anything off until the new year. The reasons for this were that I was told not to by every Internet source on book queries. Hence why I consider my desire (and subsequent action) reckless.

Let’s make no bones about this: I’m wholeheartedly expecting a rejection.

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Starting my first query

Okay. The time has come.

My Elder Throne manuscript sleeps quietly on my USB (and C drive, and external hard drive, and in my drawer as a print-out, just in case). It’s exhausted. It went through a rigorous round of Final Edits with me this week and its shiny, polished self is spent.

As am I, but I can’t rest yet. It’s time to get to grips with my query.

That means it’s also time to follow my favourite piece of advice ever given by an evil lion.

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The Last Edits of a Nervous Author

I received an email from Julie Hutchings of Undeaditing this weekend. It was a marked-up version of my manuscript, which I’d sent to her for a ‘final pass’. Apart from pointing out my stubborn inability to use em dashes when I should (I’m working on this, I promise, Julie!), most non-formatting comments were positive observations about character development and the few ‘extras’ I’d included since her last read-through.  Continue reading

The Writers Retreat… back to their day jobs.

Monday, Monday.

So, it’s a week since my Writing Retreat with S.E. Berrow finished for another year. My day job calls (frequently, like a drunk-dialling ex-boyfriend) and another book deadline looms.

On the plus side, I saw a ladybird on my commute the other day. I named her Cheryl. 

My last update talked about how I’d finished editing The Elder Throne, and the post before that was me complaining how I couldn’t shave any more words off the novel. Well, ignore both of those, because I just re-edited my novel so thoroughly it felt like shaving a llama.Just-a-Shaved-Llama Continue reading