1. A hard beginning maketh a good ending
“I thought I could write a book because I was a little skilled and I freelanced as a writer in my teens.” Armed with this confidence, Lavina started her first manuscript and about 30,000 words in, she had to bin her story. “It was so bad, I couldn’t even read it!”
At the second attempt and after about 30,000 to 40,000 words, she decided to send the stack to a critique. The manuscript came back full of red markings and that’s when she realised it’s not going to be as simple. “They say writing is not describing the house and the blue skies above, it’s about shedding light on what happens when there is a fight in that house. It’s important to keep your readers engaged while you steer the story forward.”
The first two drafts for Part Star Part Dust took about 2 years and the edits another 6 to 8 months; although the idea of writing a book has been brewing in her head for 8 years.