The Story Is Never Finished


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‘It just needs one or two extra lines’ I was told about my manuscript. ‘Just a few, to finish it off’.


Well, ok. I can manage just few extra lines. So I sat down to write, and my subconscious suddenly butted in, screaming ‘Hey, I have an idea for some great character development! And a sub-plot, and ooh, how about a new suspect!’.


By the time I was done, I’d written six pages….


Someone mentioned on Twitter that when a story is done, you know. I’m not sure that’s true. I’ve thought this one was done several times – and then someone has suggested something, or I’ve read something, or I’ve woken up at 3am with a brilliant idea, and before I know it, there’s  whole new strand of the story. Stories are like plants – you think they’ve stopped growing, and that’s all you’re going to get, then you wake up the morning after a rainy night, and there’s new blooms all over the place. (That’s how it works, right? I know very little about gardening)


I’ve heard of writers who never stop revising, and even want to revise once the book is printed. I think I’ll be able to stop once it’s printed, but I am really anxious for this book to be printed now, just because I think that’s the only way I can get my subconscious to shut up – or at least take a rest until the next book.


Wait, I think I just had another idea….














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