The Kirkwood Scott Chronicles: Part One – Skelly’s Square (An Update)

The second edit is complete, weighing in at a whopping 113K words. Since then I’ve done very little on it partly due to other commitments and partly because, well, the writing well was fairly empty. I had a very productive 3-4 weeks where I rattled through the draft tweaking and amending it to my hearts content. Then when I got to the end I just needed to put it away and mull over what the next phase was going to be.

That phase started last night when I began a more detailed plot synopsis. I’m hoping that it will allow me to get a better overview of the book as a whole and identify the no doubt many inconsistencies and gaps that require urgent attention. I’ve already decided to drop my original introduction and completely rewrite it from an entirely different perspective. I’m hoping that this will land a more impactive punch and lure the reader into the bizarre life and world of Kirkwood Scott.

It was a big deal for me disclosing the book’s title the other week. I was humbled by the interest fellow bloggers showed in it and the constructive feedback I received. This was a nerve wracking but necessary process. I tend to wear my heart on my sleeve and don’t have the thickest of skins so realise I need to toughen up in this regard. When the plot synopsis is complete I hope to dive straight into the third chapter which will be largely a matter of connecting all the various dots I have created to date.

After that I will be letting go of my precious project and releasing it to a carefully selected band of beta readers and critique partners. The latter group will be 2-3 fellow writers. I hope we will be able to grow and learn from each other during this important phase. I’m also leaning towards the self publishing route but again it’s very early days. The blog will remain my bread and butter and I’m hoping that from within it will come my core readership base.

So what do you need to do now? Well, nothing really. Just keep being you. Thank you as ever for your endless support and patience. I drone on about this book every week but not one of you yet has told me to shut up. For that I will always be grateful. This blog has grown beyond our wildest dreams and has restored my faith in humanity and the entire online experience. Kirkwood Scott would never have been born if it hadn’t been for you lot.

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  1. That sounds like an important milestone. I continue to be amazed at the discipline, tenacity and am in awe of the stubborn persistence it takes to engage in such a work. I’d liken it to giving birth, but I really shouldn’t… since I never have.

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  2. You’re my superhero of the week … Quite how you juggle so much I have absolutely no idea. I think I need you to manage my day for me and then maybe I’ll get more done. I didn’t post a blog today because I was writing ‘the book’. Weirdly I seem to find it easier on the tube. Quite how on earth that works I have absolutely no idea, but I certainly can’t keep going to and from Upminster and Edgware Road and back again every day just so that I can write another chapter. Suffice to say, you’re doing fabulously well, your blog is consistently excellent (grrrrr … the green-eyed monster creeping in) and you’re writing, editing, rewriting and doing it all with no fuss or drama. I think perhaps one could learn a thing or two from you. Yes, one could. Katie Ps. Please note, no emojis today. I’m trying.

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  3. I’m so proud of you! 🙂
    Man, that sounds like a mother-of-four-boys thing to say.
    Don’t stress too much about releasing titles. Even if someone “steals” it, you’re three drafts ahead of him -and this is Stephen’s Kirkwood Chronicles NOT Joe-Bob’s Kirkwood Chronicles.

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