Big news first! The first 500 words of my novel has been long listed in a novel openings competition. The prize is lunch with an agent. I am really chuffed and good luck to the other long listers too!
The main question was - do I want to read on? I have this question in my head, helping me as I trawl through the different drafts. So it's good to know that my first 500 words can pull the reader into the story.
You can click on this sentence to read the announcement.
Even if I don't get short listed than at least I will have the motivation to carry on- another kick up the bum is always good.
I have been editing, trying to write an overall synopsis. I know have a two hundred word-ish overview of the novel. The next step is going to be chapter breakdown and trying to get the synopsis to sound enticing and intriguing. I am currently editing chapter sixteen via paper notes and editing chapter fifteen on the screen. So nine more chapters left and I'll be ready for another round of editing.
I also like this article in the Guardian about experimental fiction making a comeback. Say no to the norm!
Experimental fiction: Is it making a comeback?