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The moment things make sense #writerslife #amwriting #firstdraft

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‘Suddenly and from out of nowhere, everything becomes crystal clear again’

There comes a point in the writing of every book when the clarity you started off with becomes muddied and cloudy, so that you’re left unable to see the way forward.

When that happens, all it’s possible to do is blindly edge forward, feeling your way. You take wrong turns, bump into a few dead ends, and wonder if you will ever reach your destination.

Then there are those fabulous moments where, suddenly and from out of nowhere, everything becomes crystal clear again. Bits of story that felt as if they would never make sense, coalesce into signposts, pointing the way to the end.

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That’s what happened this week to me. Clarity has returned, things are coming together and making sense, and I’m almost ready to write the concluding section of my horribly messy first draft. For me, this is one of the most exciting moments of writing. I’m still working things out, and the book is still revealing all kinds of secrets to me. I feel heady as I rush towards my conclusion.

Apart from writing, I’ve been very quiet (no time for anything else, I’m afraid!). Last week on my Facebook page, I asked which fictional character you’d go on a date with. Boy, did that get a lot of answers! Luther was a very popular one, I can tell you. This weekend, we’re chatting about the last book that made you cry – have you read a book recently that moved you to tears?

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