I am holed up in my office-cave today, wrestling with the page proofs of Over You. I've realised that I've got characters called Nell and Mel, as well as Mr and Mrs Bell - oh, and two minor characters called Jake. Oh dear. Really should have spotted that earlier as at this stage it's pricey to change anything.
I am almost certainly my own harshest critic (I seriously hope nobody else is going to be any harsher) but I am struggling to get the balance right with my heroine in certain sections of the book, too. Okay, so something unthinkably bad happens to her so she's not exactly going to be skipping about tra-la-la full of the joys of life, but I've read these pages so many times now that my sympathy has evaporated and I find myself thinking, Oh God, pull yourself together and stop crying, woman! Which I am a bit worried about. So I am trying to lift those miserable paragraphs a bit where I can, and put in some feistier characterisation but... at this stage you are not supposed to be rewriting the blooming thing, just correcting any typos. Sigh...
I guess no author is ever one hundred percent happy with a book - I could certainly go on tinkering and tweaking this text for months yet. But I've got to email off all my comments today so a line must be drawn!
At Hawthorn Time ~ Melissa Harrison
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