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Laying out the pieces

Tuesday 21 April

The emoji challenge brought forth a few pieces of writing which I will put on the Wyong Writes website—to show the world we are still in business.

And what of my own Work In Progress? The Covid elephant has glared at me, while I have actually started to attack my novel in earnest. He grudgingly allows me space in my writing area early in the day.

This is where I am up to now: I have one strong storyline surrounded by four subplots all of which crowd in towards the end, taking away from the impact of the end of the main story.

Now I am in the process of finding every reference to subplot no1. I have printed out those pages with relevant key words.

Before I can reassign those pieces, I need to follow the same process for subplots no 2,3 and 4. Only when I can see them printed out and highlighted in different colours, will I see the bones of my original plot laid bare. Then and only then will I be able to add in those cut pieces. Each piece will need to earn its keep.


In writing to a friend, I likened the 1st draft to the laying out of pattern pieces to make a dress, the excitement of cutting, pinning, tacking sewing and finally the joy of having a finished garment. My first two novels were planned well so that’s pretty well what happened, but this one—let us say the pattern pieces were not carefully considered enough. I am now painstakingly unpicking seams. The cloth will have to be ironed and the new pattern pieces carefully laid over the old shape. There will be wastage, yes, and some new pieces of cloth will have to be found and fashioned to fit the gaps.

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