At the end of their rope

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I am now deep in revisions to my latest WIP.

Alive but struggling.  And I want a solid revised draft by the end of the week so lots to do, and I may be away for some time.

For self motivation , there are two quotes written on sticky notes on my monitor.

“I would never write about anyone who is not at the end of his rope.”  Stanley Elkin


“Books aren’t written- they’re rewritten.  Including your own.  It is one of the hardest things to accept, especially after the seventh rewrite hasn’t quite done it.”  Michael Crichton.

So while I take my poor hero to the end of his rope, I shall use the prospect of a short holiday in September as a reward. Enjoy.

7 thoughts on “At the end of their rope

  1. Yes Romy – this is a photo from my last holiday in Cephalonia and one of my favourite places as a holiday destination.
    And I have fingers and toes firmly crossed that I will not have more revisions on this book. I do love the characters and storyline so much. Love Nina

  2. That is a nice prospect to look forward to. Where is it? I’m guessing somewhere on the Mediterranean …

    Here’s hoping you don’t get to 7 revisions on this one!

  3. Good luck with the revs, Nina – and what a fantastic quote by Michael Crichton. I’m pinning that one above my desk (because I know I’m going to come home from Italy to… revisions!)

  4. Thank you Debs. I am rebuilding my hero so that he starts off at the end of his rope – more for my heroine to do! Best.

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