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The title of this blog entry is quite apt given that I probably look like Al Pacino at the moment. Basically, I haven't been sleeping properly for the last couple of weeks and it's driving me nuts. I like my sleep - preferably a minimum of 7 hours in a warm (but not too warm) bed.

What I've been getting is that awful half-conscious state that it takes hours to get into in the first place and which leaves you restless and unsatisfied. My eyes are like sandpaper and I am really, really irritable. (For those of you for which this comes as a surprise as you've noticed no real difference - I'm watching you and taking names).

Partly it's stress, but mainly it's because I'm desperately trying to knock the rewrites on the head, which means I keep thinking about the book all the time and can't switch off. There are some good things to come from this - thanks to Facebook I now know how to burn a fur coat and thanks to Wikipedia I've come up with some ideas for statues. But there's also a lot of just churning things over and over in my head, worrying about whether I can improve things even more.

I've made more progress on the current chapter, which is good, and I also took the decision to cut out a scene earlier on in the book. Essentially, KYBS is told from 3 points of view, but I had a stand-alone scene told from the POV of a fourth character and I realised that I could chop it as the information was no longer needed. It's freed up 500 words and brought me closer to my target word count of between 105,000 and 108,000 (and I'd prefer it to be at the low end). I've also worked out a riot on Tottenham Court Road, decided to bring in 2 more characters for the final denouement and I think I've worked out a 'split screen' way of writing a key scene involving 2 characters so that I can get both their POVs at the same time.

The other good thing about the rewrites is that I've whacked a couple of scenes in the first draft and started over from scratch and I think that there's more sincerity to the emotions and situations that I've got now - which can only be a good thing because some bits in the first draft did read like out-takes from an Eastenders script.

About the only thing keeping me going at the moment is my holiday to Disneyworld. I am determined that the book will be finished well before then. I keep checking out the website and looking at the videos for the different rides so I can work out which rides I'm going to do first.

:jiggles up and down:

Right, back to writing.



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Sep. 12th, 2010 02:45 pm (UTC)
My cure for insomnia is Stephen Fry. :-D That is, Stephen Fry reading Harry Potter. He's got that lovely, deep voice, and with the volume turned low, it makes me concentrate on it rather than whatever is spinning my thoughts, and I'm usually gone within a few tracks. And since I know the stories so well, it doesn't matter that I miss bits. (That is, I'd never do this with a new book, a story I was still discovering.)

It's worth a try.
Sep. 12th, 2010 03:15 pm (UTC)
Dude, do I so know that feeling.

I don't know if you're in the market for advice, but I suspect its probably fine. You've been working on it for two years, you've got one of the top agents in your field. She has it lined up with publishers. Trust your talent and let it go.

Its good to make the improvements you can see, or when they're in direct response to a criticism from an editor, but the vague thoughts of "Is it good enough?" and "can I make it better?" will be there until long after its on the shelf.

I sent Urchin off to Amy yesterday, I'm still a little freaked, but I know she'll send it back if its not ready, and that even if she does then send it to market, there will be more edits between here and the shelf. Same goes for KYBS.

Just my 2 cents, I think it will be fantastic. I'm happy to reread it if you want, but I suspect it doesn't need it.

Good luck and congrats

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