Saturday, 23 June 2007

Oh Well . . .

The Secretary has read the rewrite of The Belfast Boy and delivered her verdict.

She likes it better now, she says. The plot moves along nicely. She really likes the characters.

But the ending sucks. I have tried to follow Wilkie Collins’ advice (‘Make ’em laugh, make ’em cry, make ’em wait’) and left so much to be resolved in the last couple of chapters that it is, apparently, overwhelming.

She’s right, of course (she always is).

So it’s back to the laptop on Monday morning . . .

1 comment:

Paul said...

Can you comment on your own post? Here goes, anyway.

It has been pointed out to me that it was NOT Wilkie Collins who first advised writers to 'make 'em laugh, make ’em cry, make ’em wait’. In fact, the quote is usually ascribed to the (now) less-renowned 19th century writer, Charles Reade. Apologies.