Thunder: A Brief Editorial Update
I know… I know…!
I was a little ambitious with my timeline for Thunder…
This post is a short update to let you know that I’m about halfway through my final edit and I suspect it will be a few more weeks before the book is finally ready for publication.
Why is it taking so long? Well, firstly, it was really important that I let the book settle for a few months before coming back to it. Being able to read with a “fresh pair of eyes”, has helped me to see that the front end needed quite a lot of fine tuning to improve flow and consistency.
With hindsight that’s understandable, I suppose. Even though Thunder was written over a few months, as an almost full time activity, the opening sections didn’t quite fully understand the final richness of the characters when they were written. Neither, despite working to a comprehensive storyboard, was all of the fine detail of the story fully fleshed out.
Proof readers haven’t complained. But I noticed that any comments were clustered into this area of the text.
The main delay, however, has been that I’m back to having to write part-time and have to find slots in my day where I’m not too tired, or grumpy, to concentrate as much as is needed for this somewhat onerous – yet at the same time strangely enjoyable – task.
Anyway, I’m past the 50,000 word point and corrections are becoming fewer and farther between – though I’m still finding the occasional apostrophical goof here and there!
Time for me to get back to it…
[NB1: Apostrophical: A British English, Warwickshire County, made up word meaning: the description of an author’s doomsday-like feelings when discovering that a possessive apostrophe has snuck, unbidden, to the wrong side of a pluralising ‘s’]
[NB2: Pluralising: also a made-up word… meaning: not enough time to concentrate properly on a post…]