Phew. I am getting there on Over You. I have gone through it twice with the red pen and hacked out loads of stuff that I felt was slowing it down, and I think the story is much better for it. It's been quite helpful, coming back to the manuscript fresh having written it so long ago, it's meant I could be quite dispassionate and objective about the whole thing, chopping out pages and paragraphs quite ruthlessly. Will go through it once more tonight/tomorrow night and then hopefully I can put the red pen away for a while and send the ms back to Mission Control.
Meanwhile, had a boost from lovely friend who read the first chunk of Novel 3 and gave some great feedback (if you are reading this, thank you so much, I have emailed you back (twice) to say your comments were fab and much appreciated - but I don't know if hotmail is still resisting my advances!) So that made me feel a lot better about the world. See - am being much more positive, am not even THINKING about tomorrow...
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