Ben Peek (benpeek) wrote,
Ben Peek

Closing In

I'm busy trying to get this novel finished. It'll be about two months, with work and editing, but a pretty full on two months. I'm keen to get it finished so I can begin finding a new agent, writing something else, and letting my head space be something new.

There is a point, in writing anything of any length where you just want to be done with it. You know everything that needs to be done and you can see the final shape before you. It isn't what you first envisaged, but the new version of it is not so different that you cannot recognise the original. Just as you cannot notice that the final version is stronger and more robust than the first ideas. Originally, when I started making writing this book and making notes, I had the idea of a world with dead gods strewn through it. There would be no gods, I said, but of course that proved ill conceived: you can't have dead gods and then not talk about them and not have their presence be influential (which is, of course, the metaphor I like for it as a whole). In changing that, I also embraced a very strong plot based narrative, something that I wouldn't say my previous books (or even a lot of my short fiction) was about. I had done it in Below, however, and thought that it worked reasonably well there, and figured that it would be worth a second go, despite the frustration of working out every little twitch. Given the space I had for a novel (I estimated 120, 000 words, and it will break out around there) there was a lot more space for twists, foreshadowing, betrayal, and plots within plots. I was a bit surprised by the amount of rewriting, tweaking and fixing that that would require, but in the end, I reckon it has come out pretty well, even if, as before, it was frustrating as all get out some days.

But, I am at that point where I am just done with it and will be soon. It's a good feeling. Hopefully, everything that happens after does so in a good fashion, rather than what happened three or so years ago, where everything did not; but it is a different world and I am a little more realistic about the business side of publishing, for good or ill.

Anyhow: back to the file.

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