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 a novelist and poet. Her debut novel, Gods of Avalon Road was published by Blossom Spring Publishing in October 2019 and her second novel, The Buddha's Bone is forthcoming in October 2021. Leilanie has also published three poetry collections: The Redundancy of Tautology (Cyberwit, 2021); Chemotherapy for the Soul (Fowlpox Press, 2017); A Model Archaeologist (Eyewear Publishing, 2015) and two self-published pamphlets: Toebirds and Woodlice (Meandi Books, 2012); Metamorphosis of Woman (Meandi Books, 2012), satirical novella Zombie Reflux (Meandi Books, 2014) and surreal novelette, Til Death do us Boneapart (Dark Gothic Resurrected Magazine, 2017). Leilanie is also Editor in Chief of Bindweed Magazine, a poetry and fiction online magazine that also publishes a quarterly print anthology. She currently lives in Belfast with her writer and poet husband, Joseph Robert and their lively literary tot, a voracious reader of dinosaur board books. Literary blog: Meandi Books: Bindweed Magazine:

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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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