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I'm not making myself write on Sundays unless I feel like it, but I'm behind on the wordcount still, so I did manage a chapter today. Unfortunately it consisted of some not very interesting things happening, followed by a flashback to some other not very interesting things happening.

I think what I'm going to have to do when editing is shorten the non-flashback section, and restructure the flashback, which I think has the potential to be interesting, as it tells us how and why Tom started dressing in boys' clothes. I'm going to leave that for the editing stage though.

Something I'm finding really useful is a chapter by chapter spreadsheet. The columns are as follows:

- Chapter number
- Narrator [my three main characters take it in turns to narrate]
- Date
- Any significance to that date [Lent, Easter, May Day etc.]
- What happens
- Things that need checking, adding or changing in the next draft

The last column is a new one, but I'm already finding it very useful - it means I can keep going and not interrupt my flow, but not lose track of edits I may need to make later.

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Catriona Mackay

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