Sunday, 2 August 2009


I am busy working through Helen Szirtes amendments to The Dead of Winter. When I wrote the book, Helen sent me a set of questions and suggestions. These were big issues about plot and character and continuity and so on. These present amendments are to that second draft that resulted from those initial editing suggestions.

We are at a the fine tuning stage now. Helen has repeatedly written 'rep' for repetition. Repetition is my most common crime and in conversations with other writers I have discovered that am not alone in this. It is incredible how many times I can use the same word in the same paragraph. It is some kind of skill.

Some kind of incredibly useless skill.

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