After NaNoWriMo I was advised to let my novel stew in its own juices for a period of time. Someone used the phrase ‘let it marinate’. So I leapt into culinary action. Before I launch into a list of the things I did whilst my draft novel was marinating in a pot, I just want to share with you what I used for the marinade:
- Red wine
- A sprig of thyme
- Herbs of Provence – sigh!
If anyone has a different recipe for marinating a first draft please share!
Here is a list of the things I did whilst the first draft of my novel was marinating for six months in a red pot:
1. Blogged everyday – my post archive now makes me feel tired just looking at it.
2. Wrote zillions of short stories about talking creatures / food items and killer waitresses
3. Moaned about my first draft a lot on my blog / to loved ones / any stranger who would listen.
4. Wrote my first draft off as a failure in my head
5. Wrote a song to Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake it Up’ Melody called ‘Send it Off’ – sigh!
6. Found Twitter in January and developed a healthy tweeting obsession.
7. Stuffed my face with cheese, chocolate and peanut butter cereal bars.
8. Reviewed other writer’s unpolished drafts and learnt a lot
9. Reviewed other writer’s books and did some reviews
10. Read zillions of books and blogs
11. Danced like crazy at every opportunity (quiet supermarket aisles, deserted streets, car parks)
12. Fell in love with a load of other new story ideas but then realised that I was going to have to confront the smelly thing in the red pot!
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