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Ian W.
September 4th, 2002, 07:15 PM
I spend nearly a year writing 3 quarters of a novel, all in long-hand in exercise books. I filled 6 books all together. That was 6 months ago. then a couple of weeks back the writing bug hit me. It hit me hard. So I dug out what I had previously wrote. I knew I could get it finished, I knew I could get past the 1st draft.

the third exercise book is missing.
Yep, I looked all around the house, it took two whole bleeding days to come to the conclusion that it had been thrown away.

Still I carried on. I have typed the first two books into Word and finished the novel (In notes)

In some ways I am glad the 3rd book went missing, I've picked up the threads and the stuff I'm working on now make the old work look childish.

Am I rambling here? If I am sorry.
Sitting on a half completed book for 6 months has done wonders for me.

James Barclay
September 4th, 2002, 07:39 PM
I can imagine the frenzied searching but all credit to you for your reaction.

Thinking about it, it makes it a great challenge and will probably change the direction of the book. On one level, you're forced to remake the links between note books two and four but on another, it'll give you an insight into your development as a writer (as indeed it seems to be doing already).

Your work will be the stronger for it, I'm sure.