Why has my blog been so quiet these last few months? And what has happened to The Scepter of Ice?
The answer is that I’ve been working on something else: a re-write of The Web of War.
When I first published The Web of War in December 2014, I thought it was as good as I could make it. Having attempted to re-read it, I realized I could make it a lot better. Perhaps it’s because I’ve improved as a writer over the last year, or perhaps it’s just because time has given me a fresh perspective on my work.
Anyway, I found the writing in the original book clunky, stilted and embarrassing to read. No wonder no one except Maggie was able to make it past the first few chapters!
I love my world and characters too much to allow The Web of War to remain like that, so I felt compelled to give it another polish.
The plot is exactly the same, and I haven’t added any extra scenes. All I’ve done is improve the writing. I’ve also cut out a lot of details about the world, culture and history of my characters, because it wasn’t relevant to the plot and just slowed the story down.
As a result, the book has shed about 30,000 words!
Maybe in a few years I’ll feel like re-writing The Web of War again (that’s one of the benefits of being a self-published author – it’s very easy to produce new versions my books!) However, for the moment I’m feeling satisfied with it.
Now I’m back to work on The Scepter of Ice!