The Manifestation of a Manifesto


As you may well note from the long silence, I’ve been struggling for a while with the purpose of this blog. But time has rolled on, projects have been polished and realisation has dawned. I’m about to embark on a terrifying new journey and you, my imaginative and imaginary chums get to sit up front in First Class.

What am I babbling about? Simply this: in a couple of months I will submit my novel to literary agents for the first time. And so this is the forum where I will keep track of my progress, be able to sob over my failures or share my successes. It’s completely new territory, so may prove either a cautionary tale or inspirational chivvying depending on how things go. For those with similar goals it might be a useful resource and for those without it could perhaps be an interesting insight.

So that’s the manifesto. What will the next few posts hold? Some background on the novel and how long it’s taken to get to this stage. A look at some of the work that needs to be done outside the novel itself in order to submit. And I would have thought there’ll be plenty of procrastinating about quite where ideas come from, things I’m finding inspirational and ludicrous facial hair.

Are there any parts of the process you’re particularly interested in? If so, stick a comment below and I’ll see what I can do.


20 thoughts on “The Manifestation of a Manifesto

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    • Good question Mrs R. I might try and write this as a post at some point because it’s tricky. I heard Bill Bryson talking on the Desert Island Discs the other day, saying that he’d very much like to take his first book to the island with him just so he could spend all that time perfecting it. Because I think there always will be things that can be tweaked or sharpened.

      For me, once the structure feels right, there aren’t any obvious places the story drags, the stakes are nice and high throughout and the characters are leading the action then it’s about there. The language will have been polished along the way, but maybe another pass will pretty it up nicely and then, when it’s all novel-shaped and wearing its Sunday best I’ll send it out to meet other people.

      And as soon as the manilla envelope is in the post I’m sure I’ll have a brilliant idea for how to really ramp up those stakes or get to the crux of a character’s motivation!

      Essentially, having not done this before, it’s a leap of faith. But redrafting again and again has given me confidence in the novel and I’ll soon find out whether it’s justified!

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