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Recap: The Business of Thought

I’ve started to reread The Business of Thought as its been a while since I wrote it and I know it needs work. Where I’d left things was at the end of the first act and of everything I’ve reviewed, the last line there is my favourite and will stay no matter what.  It seems such a natural note to close things out in terms of the setup and, with a wink to the reader, we’re set for the confrontation.

Of course there are bits I like, some that need rework and some that really shouldn’t be there in the first place and need to be put out of their misery. Luckily, very little dialogue appears in the latter category which is surprising as I often find that I drop in one to many cliches or that a couple of characters end up with the same voice and require big rewrites. This gets me thinking about whether these characters seem more rounded than I had previously thought and, at the paranoid end of the spectrum, are they too unique (if such a thing were possible) that they could end up grating on me and the reader. As I say, thats the more extreme end so probably not. Still, I’ll keep a close eye on a couple of characters as I go along.

I intend to do a longer piece on 1 or 2 characters in a later post, but want to mention Jennifer who is fast becoming my favourite. I remember spending quite a bit of time on her introduction and backstory at time of writing and it shows as she was primarily a supporting character but now plays a pivotal role, not only in terms of the denoument, but also as the eyes of the reader.

Anyway, more later on Jennifer and the scope of the rewrite.

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