I wrote a one-sentence synopsis of it a while ago:
Julia Rotherham must keep her younger sister out of trouble, fend off fortune hunters, pretend to be engaged and stop an elopement, all while keeping the man who jilted her at arms length – but out of all her tasks, it’s keeping Wolversley at arms length that’s proving difficult…
But today, in about ten minutes, I decided to have a go at drafting a full-on blurb:
Julia Rotherham is a jilted woman. Her not-oustanding looks and the stigma attached to her have left her still single at four-and-twenty. Fortunately, Julia is not a wet-goose and she carries on well until chance brings her face to face with, Lucius Wolversley, her once betrothed. It’s six years on and Julia’s heart still hurts, but more importantly, so does her pride. A fake engagement is the beginning of her troubles but throw in two school-room chits, a gazetted fortune hunter, a proposed elopement and a once-betrothed who simply will not leave well alone, and you have the recipe for a rather delightful and scandalous, Regency Romance!
Now, that is a terribly rough blurb but still, I hope you get the point. I wrote the manuscript which is currently under the working title, Miss Rotherham, a year or so ago. Me being myself (and it is rather hard to be anyone else, however much I try), wrote it rather quick and it ended up riddled with plot-holes, grammatical errors and 40,000 words too short. Oh, how I love to write! But it’s okay, because that’s exactly what The Widow’s Redeemer looked liked before I had gone back to revise it.
I started to write Miss Rotherham because I wanted to write a funny and light-hearted Regency Romance, and I couldn’t get the image of a heroine who was so head-strong and impetuous that she got herself into one scrape after another, out of my head. Julia Rotherham and me share one thing in common which I mentioned in my last post, we are both proud (and that is NOT a good thing).
I really like Miss Rotherham and am liking her more as I begin revising my MS, as she is just rather funny. I’m hoping that as I add my 40,000 words or so, that I manage to add in a few more predicaments and scrapes for her to get caught in along with the rest of the cast of characters (I can’t write their names down here yet as I cannot decide I like them yet).
I have learnt a bit about revisions during the writing and publishing process for my debut novel. And I mean a bit…a really tiny little bit. I’ve learnt a little about spotting plot-holes, overusing favourite words (mine is ‘indeed’), smoothing out sentences and, indeed, most important of all, grammar. A good friend of mine once proof-read half of one of my manuscripts and before she had given it back to me, a package from Amazon arrived in the mail. I opened it to find a pocket sized Oxford book of grammar.
I got the hint.
I am still awful at grammar as I’m sure my editor would tell you, but I have learnt a little bit. The speech was the worst of it. I asked people how grammar in speech worked and received several different answers. Each time I went through and revised all 80,000 words of my manuscript I would realised I’d gotten it slightly wrong and had to do it all over again!
Hopefully my understanding of grammar is a little better now, if not perfect. Anyhow, I just wanted to give you a heads up on what I’m working on and, as I said in my last post, I’ll hopefully be writing a series of blog posts using the hints and tips from reviews of my first book on my manuscript of Miss Rotherham, showing how I’m using them to learn and shape my writing. I may even put snippets up for you guys to read (and hopefully enjoy) too!