Absence makes the heart…something, something.
As if I didn’t already feel like a negligent father to this blog, I’m just getting into editing Wolf’s Tail, the novel I wrote in late October.
Yeah, that’s gonna be a time and energy suck.
It’s daunting, but I’m trying to carve it up into edible pieces. I did my first complete readthrough the other night in order to see how the whole thing flowed. It was better than I thought it would be, both story and prose-wise, but it has plenty of failings that will need some fixing:
- Since this story is set in a real time and place, and I’ve done a lot more research since I wrote the first draft, I see that it can use some improvement in the verisimilitude department. For anyone reading this with a knowledge of the era, or looking to gain knowledge of the era, I want to do right by them. I imagine the audience will include fans of Historical Fiction who are notoriously attentive to detail. What makes this story even more difficult is that I’m mixing two cultures that were so alien to each other at the time. But that speculative aspect is also what makes the story interesting to me and hopefully to prospective readers.
- I’ve decided to ditch the overt supernatural aspect that I initially planned for a more subtle approach. I think it fits better and feels less forced. My gut tells me that’s the type of story I’ve been wanting to write all along.
- I’m looking at a huge rewrite here. I doubt I’ll keep any of the original material, and damn, there is some good stuff in there. It’ll all be stowed safely away in a document somewhere, but for Wolf’s Tail, it ain’t gonna work. All part of the growing pains to becoming a decent novelist I suppose.
I hope you’re all tackling your projects with some New Year’s gusto!