Friday 26 January 2018

Writing The Wedding that Changed Everything: Week Twelve

I kept a little diary while writing my eighth book, The Wedding That Changed Everything, which I'll be sharing on the blog during the run up to publication.

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I started off the week with one item on my to-list: to finish the first draft of The Fairytale Effect [the working title of The Wedding that Changed Everything]. With just three chapters to go, I knew I would get there but I also knew the book would need a bit of tinkering and a tidy up before it was sent off to my editor, so I needed to finish the first draft ASAP.

On Wednesday, the summer holidays officially came to end when both my girls went back to school (the youngest went back the day before). It took a bit of adjusting to get back into my pre-school-holidays routine, but I managed to write the final three chapters by Thursday, resulting in the those gorgeous little words every writer dreams of: The End.

I've spent the rest of the week going back through the manuscript, fixing little mistakes and hopefully improving the book as I now know more about my characters than I did a few months ago when I started the first draft. I'm using the 'Read Aloud' feature on Word and although it reads slower than I would, it's helping me spot quite a few errors that I may have missed myself by hearing it read back to me, such as 'Poo Alice' instead of 'Poor Alice' (which made me giggle. I'm mature like that).  It's the first time I've used it, but will definitely carry on using it from now on.

My deadline is on Friday, so I only have a few days left to knock the book into shape. Wish me luck!

Milestones I've Reached This Week
The End of Draft One

Candle I'm Burning This Week:

Final First Draft Word Count
96, 577

Love happens when you least expect it…

Emily Atkinson stopped believing in fairy tales a long time ago! She’s fed up of dating frogs in order to track down her very own Prince Charming, despite the best efforts of her matchmaking best friend…

But now she’s been invited to the wedding of the year at the enchanting Durban Castle, and perhaps bumping into a knight in shining armour isn’t as far away as she thought!

Will Emily survive the wedding and walk away an unscathed singleton – or finally find her own happily-ever-after?

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