by Shelt Garner
Now that I’ve finished the outline of this new draft of the novel, I’m turning my attention yet again actually writing it out. And, really, the only issue with this draft is I’m really self-conscious about making the story as interesting, fast paced and “thriller-like” as possible.
I keep flipping through the competition and those novels have an edge to them that my novel just doesn’t have at the moment. I’m worried about this issue to the point that I’m going to pay ANOTHER manuscript consultant to help me sex things up some.
And, yet, it’s possible that that just isn’t my writing style. It could be that while I can produce interesting, engaging, page-turning copy…producing a true thriller just isn’t my bailiwick. And, in a sense, these first three novels in this six novel series are far more Mare of Easttown than any of Stieg Larsson’s stuff.
Anyway, at the moment, at least, things are moving at a reasonably fast clip. If all goes according to plan, all I have to do is follow the outline I have and ta-da, finished first (or second) draft in no time.