Starting 2012 with a good book
So I started 2012 by rereading the first 125 pages of Sweet Salt Air. And it wasn’t only that I wanted a sure bet. To the contrary. I wanted to make sure it was a sure bet! One of the most embarrassing things is when you write something on, say, page 110 that contradicts what you wrote on page 50. Or when you inadvertently change a character’s name. Or when you make a big deal about revealing a “secret” after it’s already been revealed.
You’re probably wondering how this can happen. The author is the author, right? Shouldn’t she know what she’s already written?
The problem, of course, is that thanks to constant editing, by the time I reach a particular point, I’ve written the story any number of ways. Periodically, I need to reread to remind myself of my final choices.
In the case of Sweet Salt Air, I did catch a few inconsistencies. Mostly, though, I put notations on pages where I wanted to reveal a secret sooner. This is about pacing, which is (a) crucial and (b) forever, a work in progress.
Did I enjoy the read? I did. I think you’ll be pleased.
BTW, if you take a look at the side bar next to this blog, you’ll see BONUS PAGES. Click on the one for Sweet Salt Air and you’ll find a recap of my leaks on this book to date.
This month’s leak? Leo knows boats.