The Importance of Minor Characters (News from my Chapter 9)

I have finished editing chapter 9. It is one of my favourite chapters as it is about a ball. I love balls, so I dedicated 24 pages to this glamorous event. When I was editing the chapter, I rewrote some of the dialogues to make them as sparkling as the ball room. More significantly, I had to exchange one of my minor characters. Such a change can be tricky.

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Dealing with Writer’s Laziness (News about my Chapter 8)

When I reviewed chapter 8, I noticed with surprise that the chapter had only 8 pages. How did that come about? I read the text and noticed that a whole scene was missing. By missing, I don’t mean that it had been eliminated by The Evil Computer. The scene had never been written. Instead of the scene, there was a feeble sentence pretending to bridge the gap in the storyline.

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Tuning the Narrative Pace (News about Chapter 7)

Editing chapter 7 was about time. In the first draft, the chapter was too much crammed with events. All this happened in one afternoon:

  • My heroine arrives in London after a nerve-racking experience in chapter 6.
  • She meets people from a social group she had never encountered before.
  • She has to act and make decisions about her life.
  • She has to find a way to wriggle herself out off a crime she got caught up in.

With all these events pressed into a few hours, anyone reading chapter 7 would have felt like being hit by a train (if trains had existed in the Regency).

I had to tune the narrative pace.
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How to Use Historical Facts in a Novel (News about Chapter 6)

Good news: I have finished chapter 6!

I had dreaded editing this chapter because I had to straighten out a peculiar flaw: babbling.

I had babbled for 3 pages about a real historical event. The problem was that the event had no impact on the story. So I had to cut a lot of text. Writers hate to do that.

However, for the benefit of the novel, I braved the task. I even enjoyed it when I noticed the result would be really good – once I had managed to handle the historic event properly.

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Dialogue or: Let Them Speak for Themselves (News about Chapter 4)

I almost forgot to let you know that I have finished editing chapter 4. If you were wondering if I am still working on my novel, I can proudly tell you ‘yes, I am’, and I am already shifting about parts of chapter 5, so celebrating the re-writing of chapter 4 had to be cancelled.

In hindsight, it is always distressing how long it takes to work through one chapter. It took me several weeks to edit chapter 4, which I would never admit if authors were not always and completely honest.

Neither will I tell more people than only a select few that the start of chapter 4 required special attention. The story has gained its full momentum by the end of chapter 3 (see here). It is now important to keep up the pace. What an author should not do under any circumstance is: stand in the way of further developments.

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Enter the Heroine (News about my Chapter 2)

My post “An Alarming Message (News about Chapter 1)”  is already four months old. But I haven’t been idle: Besides having blogged enthusiastically on Regency Explorer, I have finished my second chapter. Here is an account about what happened at the writer’s desk.

In chapter 1, Lady Linfield was the leading character. She set out to arrange a marriage between her nephew Robert and a suitable bride. The Regency romance enthusiasts among us will quickly have figured out that Lady Linfield is not the heroine of the novel.

But who is?

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