For the Waterstones Blog.
Awaiting my first ever professional editorial notes is a daunting as well as an exciting experience. I finished the first draft of my novel nigh on two years ago, and up until last August, I had to be my own editor. The book went through four drafts until it was hard to see the wood for the trees. So – although a bit nerve-racking – it’s a relief to finally share the burden of editing with someone undoubtedly better at it.
In the meantime, I’ve been thinking about the nature of story and its place in the human psyche. I recently read The Voice That Thunders by master storyteller, Alan Garner. It’s a richly autobiographical book that explores concepts of writing, creativity, mythology, anthropology, language and mental illness. I found it moving and wholesomely thought-provoking. As a writer, Garner’s discussions of story and fantasy held a special resonance for me.