Novel research

Novel research

This month, I’m very excited to have finished the final draft of my second novel. It’s a fantasy novel this time, the idea for which I got in the summer of 2013. After a week of research, I wrote the first draft in a month during my summer holiday break from the secondary school where I worked. In total I wrote 3 drafts as follows:

Draft 1: getting the basic plot & characterisation in a comprehensible story

Draft 2: Tightening up the character arcs and checking consistency with plot and character motivation (as it is a fantasy novel)

Draft 3: now that everything in draft 2 & 2 is complete, punching up the storyline to add more action

Phew… And since draft 3 is also my final draft, I’m hoping that once my editor has gone through the manuscript with his red pen, the final check will involve a copy-edit and some polish, then…done. Writing a novel seems like a long time in the making, but I’d rather be thorough and do it right than rush it – and have to flush it. And with my first book, a literary novel, still making the rounds with agents and publishers (I never simultaneously submit. I have my 6 week rule, which is a slow process – but thorough), it’s good to always keep looking to the next writing project. Onwards and upwards!

About Leilanie Stewart

Leilanie Stewart is an author and poet from Belfast, Northern Ireland. She has written four novels, including award-winning ghost horror, The Blue Man, as well as three poetry collections. Her writing confronts the nature of self; her novels feature main characters on a dark psychological journey who have a crisis of identity and create a new sense of being. She began writing for publication while working as an English teacher in Japan, a career pathway that has influenced themes in her writing. Her former career as an Archaeologist has also inspired her writing and she has incorporated elements of archaeology and mythology into both her fiction and poetry. In addition to promoting her own work, Leilanie runs Bindweed Magazine, a creative writing literary journal with her writer husband, Joseph Robert. Aside from publishing pursuits, Leilanie enjoys spending time with her husband and their lively literary lad, a voracious reader of sea monster books. CONNECT WITH ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA:

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  1. […] Draft 3 took another month to complete by April 2014: finally ironing out plotholes. At this point, I thought the novel was complete – you can read my optimistic blog post here! […]

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