More work on Soft Collisions

As I said in my last post about Soft Collisions I am currently letting some incredibly kind people read the current draft to get some honest feedback, and to give me guidance on whether some of the potential ideas and changes I am playing with could be worth implementing. As well as general editorial improvements that can be spotted I am asking questions such as the following:
  • Do the themes and premise come out in the novel?
  • Do the main two stories support each other or distract from each other?
  • Should I restructure the stories and move an important event (won't give spoiler) to earlier in the novel?



In communication it is usually best to use the simplest word that does the task required, unless a special effect is being sought. This is something that is forgotten by specialists in many industries. Sometimes people want to sound 'intelligent' and think that using unnecessary words makes them appear more so; other times it is just laziness or ignorance. In Edge magazine, June 2011 issue, one article seemed to be full of irritating marketing-speak. There were many examples, I'm just going to pick up on two of them: note that all the references below are from a single page article.*


Final report to Literature Wales

Working in the cafe on Consitution Hill - they have soya milk, yay!

I've just submitted my final report to Literature Wales as part of the requirements for the bursary they awarded me to work on my current novel Soft Collisions. My previous report can be read here and includes lots of background information on the novel.

Since my last report I have been doing lots of further editing and corrections (how did I miss those handful of pesky typos even after re-reading the whole thing twice?). It has also been looked over by an editor and we had a profitable discussion yesterday about some further changes to consider. Some I agree with completely, and they are hopefully straightforward and fairly easy to implement. Others are interesting twists or changes that I am going to think about in more detail before making any radical alterations.


One of my stories to appear in 'Sarasvati'

I promoted some writing opportunities recently, including the literary Sarasvati. That same day I submitted a lyrical prose piece called Our Life: An Oil Painting, a sensual portrayal of an enduring relationship which I hope resonates. The good news is that it was accepted, and should appear in the September or October issue! Excellent news. I have had a really positive feeling about this year as being one that is full of opportunities for me, and so far I have not been disappointed!

Of my story one of the editors, an ex-librarian with a huge passion for the profession, said: "Thanks for this submission which I enjoyed hugely. Sensual indeed!"


A mixed bag

Magazines are a great source of knowledge for specialist topics. Writing about a woodturner? Pick up a magazine on the topic to learn the terminology and concerns. Ditto for writing about a bodybuilder or model railway enthusiast or cyclist. It is a good way into the subject.

I recently bought four magazines in one uncharacteristic splurge.

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