Know the Novel Part Three: Writing and Beyond

Here is the third and final section of Know the Novel, a fun link-up from Christine!  My other two posts are here and here.

1. Firstly, how did writing this novel go all around?

It ambled along at a careless pace, often stopping to look about and watch the world go by.  I’m not known for my speed.

2. Did it turn out like you expected or completely different? And how do you feel about the outcome?

I think I expected it to be a touch boring– after all, this is a re-write.  But for the most part I’m glad to return to an old story and give it a renovation.

3. What aspect of the story did you love writing about the most? (Characters, plot, setting, prose, etc.)

I had fun finding new ways to build things I had somewhat neglected before– making little things more significant and giving the story world more character.

4. How about your least favorite part?

Dialogue isn’t really my favourite thing, and running into plot-holes is always a pain. 

5. What do you feel like needs the most work?

The dialogue, especially between Rieve and the Keremian Pirate’s representative. 

6. How do you feel about your characters now that the novel is done? Who’s your favorite? Least favorite? Anyone surprise you? Give us all the details!

…I’m not actually done…. and I don’t think I can properly answer this question until I’m done.  

7. What’s your next plan of action with this novel?

My next plan is to just keep writing.  

8. If you could have your greatest dream realized for this novel, what would it be?

I would like to see it published and among the tables of books at Realm Makers. 

9. Share a snippet of one of your most favorite scenes!

This is Kinn, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed with an important secret agenty task.

I tuck the beverage into my bag, taking care to place it in a separate pocket so the condensation doesn’t dampen my sketches, and then head out the door.  The blast of frigid air gives way to a blanket of comfortable, classic Keremian heat.  The Balcerran looks up as I step closer.  I can see now that his long, slender ears droop slightly, indicating his seniority as well as adding to the dejected look.  But the minute he shows his face the scanner built into my glasses makes a positive identification.  This is my contact.  A thrill runs through my veins.  I don’t often get to meet my colleagues. 

10. Did you glean any new writing and/or life lessons from writing this novel?

I learned that I can go back to a story that previously frustrated me, and learn to work with it, improve it, and enjoy it again. 

Thank you, Christine, for hosting this link-up!  I hope we can do the same thing next year!

I’ll be taking a Christmas break next week, so I’ll use this time to wish one and all a very Merry Christmas!

6 thoughts on “Know the Novel Part Three: Writing and Beyond

  1. I actually quite enjoy the editing process. Sometimes it gets tedious, and I always expect it to be kind of boring, as well… but it always sucks me in and I find myself having a blast tweaking and rearranging and wordsmithing.

    That snippet is super intriguing!

    If you ever need help with dialogue… that’s something I’m pretty good at. (One helpful tip that works well is to say the dialogue out loud, dialogue is meant to be spoken and heard… if it sounds wrong, it probably is wrong).


    1. There IS something fun about editing, and I love seeing a story being refined. I just don’t like how the process seems to be never ending. I look forward to finally being able to sit back and enjoy the story.
      That’s a good tip. I’ll be sure to use it.


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