Upcoming Event: I will be at the Australian Publishers’ Association Stand Creators’ Table on Monday March 6 from 11am-12.30pm Tuesday March 7 from 9.30am – 11am Here we are! A list of all the Australian authors and illustrators who will be showing up in person at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair 2023. You can meet us in […]Learn More
Writing is hard work. There are many stages in the life of a novel, from first drafts (of which there are too many to count), to structural edit, to copy edit, to cover design, to first pages, second pages, third pages and then final print. Of course many of the work is invisible and hard to record like all the hours spent researching in books and on the internet, or the discussions and interviews with family and friends. Here are a few of the stages that I have gone through while writing Little Paradise. The ultimate pleasure after all that work is holding the finished product in your hand for the first time.
2 thoughts on “From Notes to First Pages to Finished Book”
Fascinating to see the process documented in these snippets and snatches. Also finally I have firm hard copy proof that writing is really hard work. I have none of my own as I throw all my notes out – except the research – but from here on in I’ll just point to this blog post. I love reading your posts.
Thank you for your comments, Sandy. I have those big plastic boxes for each of my novels. I am a bit of a hoarder but luckily have a big garage.
I think it’s a good idea to keep everything associated with the making of the book just to remind yourself of the amount of work that went into the finished product. I don’t know about you but once it’s published, I forget the incredible pain and moments of self-doubt I went through. I guess it’s a bit like childbirth, once it’s out you forget the pain of it all.