Giving 10,000 Words The Chop – Ouch!!

Rena George Book Promotion, The Loveday Mysteries, Writing 2 Comments

Happy Halloween! Today I’m celebrating the loss of 10,000 words. They have been axed from a second version of my soon to be published new book, A Cornish Obsession. And it was a haunting experience! I say ‘celebrate’ because it was a huge task to undertake, and somewhat emotional getting rid of those words, phrases, sentences – and in some cases whole chapters – without losing the context of the plot. But they’ve gone now, and this version of the …

And now for the editing bit …

Rena George Cornwall, The Loveday Mysteries, Writing 2 Comments

This week I’m giving a sneak preview of the gorgeous cover for my soon to be published new Kindle novel, A Cornish Obsession. I love it, and I hope that you will. The artist who designs all my covers is absolutely brilliant, but I think he has excelled himself this time. Thank you, Craig. My original plan was to keep my head down and get on with the final edits of this latest book in my Cornish Crime Series, but …

The Writing Process

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This week’s post is part of a Blog Tour in which writers are posting about their writing process. I have to thank Facebook friend, Heather King, for nominating me. Heather is an author of traditional Regency romance and historical fiction. As Vandalia Black, she also writes paranormal romance, including vampires and shape shifters. She lives in the wilds of Worcestershire, England. You can catch up with her here – https://www.facebook.com/heather.king.author And here – http://regencywriter-hking.blogspot.co.uk I have to answer four questions …

Writing the Series

Rena George Cornwall, Editing your work 6 Comments

The picture above has nothing to do with this post, I just never tire of lovely Cornish places. This gorgeous old harbour cottage nestles in one of those spectacular coves way down on the Lizard. I’ve been a very lazy blogger these past few weeks. Sorry folks!! I blame the weather (and maybe the fact that I’ve been dithering about over the latest book). The first draft is finished. At least it would be if I didn’t keep fiddling with …

Keeping Track of Your Novel

Rena George Crime Fiction, Editing your work 2 Comments

I love my lists – shopping list, to do list, planting list for the garden. I even leave little messages to myself all over the house because if I didn’t do this then nothing would get done. I suppose you could say I am a compulsive organiser. I like to plan my novels too, so that I have at least a fair idea of where the plot is heading, and how it’s going to get there. That is until my …

What a Proofreader Does

Rena George Cornwall, Editing your work 6 Comments

I promised to post about how I got on when I sent my new novel, Mistress of Mellin Cove, to a professional proofreader, well the verdict is…brilliant! I would happily recommend this to any writer.   I found freelance proofreader, Wendy Janes, on Joanna Penn’s fab website for self-published authors, and very quickly realised that Wendy was someone who understood what authors were about. From the first exchange of emails I was confident that this was going to be a …

I Love a Happy Ending

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Every time I start a new novel I find myself in a quandary. Should I, as a UK author, writing UK-based novels, stick to the ‘ise’ ending, or maybe it’s ‘ize’? You know what I mean. Is it recognise or recognize / realise or realize / organise or organize? As a true Brit I have always used ‘ise’, but I can’t think of a novel I’ve read recently by any British author when they’ve done likewise. The alternative verb ending …

Editing the Novel – Ouch!

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I’ve just typed THE END on Mistress of Mellin Cove, so that’s the novel finished – all written up … Phew!   Except that it’s not It’s where the really hard work starts.                       THE EDITS!!   Now that I’ve reached this stage I thought I would describe a little of the process that’s ahead of me.   Since I have been editing and tweaking the first draft as I’ve gone along, it’s more than just a sketchy template. …

A Christmas novel? …well, maybe next year.

Rena George Cornwall, Cosy Crime, Crime Fiction 2 Comments

It’s some time since I produced a writerly blog post, so just in case you thought I had laid my pen aside forever, and reached for my knitting instead, well…err…no. I’ve actually been quite industrious, which makes my current dilemma all the more frustrating. Way back at the beginning of the year I had everything planned out. I would write a sequel to Danger at Mellin Cove – my first Pocket Novel and now in large print in libraries – …

Copy-editing – The Inside Story

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If any of you writers out there didn’t think you needed a copy-editor to give your manuscript that final polish (I was one of them) then read this. Thank you to the wonderful Catherine Caffeinated for hosting this great blog post from editor, Robert Doran. He has certainly convinced me. Rx PS: Check out his proofreading post, too. Rena x