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Finished writing the first draft of DI Andy Horton (12)

Pauline RowsonI'm delighted to say that I have finished writing the first draft of DI Andy Horton number twelve.

I started writing this new DI Andy Horton crime novel on October 12 2013 and finished the first draft on December 4 2013, so that's pretty good going.  Of course it is nowhere near ready yet and will pass through many revisions before I am happy enough with it to send it to my publisher, Severn House. 

I like to set myself target dates for my writing and hope that I can complete this DI Andy Horton by April 2014 which is the date when the new DI Andy Horton , number eleven, is to be published. More about that later.

Every writer is different in their approach to their work.  For me, once I have the idea and a basic outline I like to start the creative writing as soon as possible, usually after about two weeks of research. Then I like to get the first draft written quickly with limited editing. Once I have the story with its plots, subplots and characters on my computer I can then go back over it and shape it, flesh out the characters, refine the plots and sub plots, make sure the clues are all there, and the red herrings of course, and that everything hangs together.

Death Surge - DI Andy Horton - by Pauline RowsonMeanwhile  DI Andy Horton number ten, Death Surge is published in the UK and Commonwealth and will be published in the USA on 1 January 2014 when it will also be released as an e book.

"A crisply written, cleverly plotted procedural with a nice twist, Rowson’s latest also continues the intriguing saga of Andy’s search for the mother who disappeared in mysterious circumstances when he was a child." Booklist.

You might also like to listen and watch a video about me talking about writing first drafts and revisions.

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DECEMBER 10TH, 2013 @ 6:30:18 GMT

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