Getting Away From My Manuscript

So I recently went to Rottnest Island to get away for a while. I really needed the break, I’m halfway through editing the first-draft of my manuscript and it was really start to wear me down. So here’s some happy snaps from my trip. Since coming back I’ve planned the edit of chapters 7, 8 and 9. I can’t wait to get stuck into them.

So this is the view from my balcony. What you can see there is a lake. The island has lots of lakes.

Picture of a jetty.

Me feeding a Quokka: an Australian marsupial.

You have to ride everywhere on the island. I found this gorgeous cove. Unfortunately it’s not quite warm enough to swim yet, I’d love to come back in summer and spend all day snorkeling, though.

A view from high up.

So yes, back and refreshed, yet busy now trying to get this darn manuscript finished. If there’s anything I can give as advice to myself for future manuscripts. Spend more time planning! Especially if you intend to write trilogies. My main problem is I planned the second book after I had already written my first manuscript. I really needed to plan the whole series before I even started the first book. Why? Once a book is published you can’t make changes to overall plot lines.

Luckily, I’m determined enough to make the first and second novel ‘in sync’. Now, back to it. 🙂

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Comments: 2

  1. jumpingfromcliffs September 26, 2012 at 8:23 am

    Glad to see the break helped – it’s often the best thing, get away and clear your mind. Planning is such a curse, I’m awful at it; I tend to dive straight in and repent later.

    I want a quokka!! 🙂

    • kjcolt September 26, 2012 at 8:32 am

      While it didn’t make anything seem easier. I just have more energy with which to approach the large task of editing it 🙂

      And yes, Quokkas are very cute! 🙂 The babies are squeal-worthy…