The novel-known-as-Ann has been revised/rewritten over and over. Most people reading it wouldn’t notice much of a difference between versions because the revisions are usually at the sentence level – this word here, that one there, out with that phrase – so the story itself hasn’t changed except in a few places and then not the major plot.
I’m trying for a tone, a point of view, a development in the character that is inherent in the story, not stated. Who knows whether I am succeeding, but I have certainly worked more on this novel than earlier ones. Part of the rewriting involves close attention to punctuation, including commas. (The New Zealand Style Book has a good section on commas.)
|Whose hands? Not mine.|
When my partner and first reader read my most recently published novel we had some brisk conversations about commas. Since then, I’ve given commas more attention and now I use them more — and I hope more consistently — while not as much as she would (probably, how do you know what someone else would do?). I like dashes instead sometimes.
(Last published novel, Take It Easy, 2008. Email me at pat dot rosier at xtra dot co cot nz if you’d like a copy.)
Today, I am resolved to finish this rewrite of the final chapter, which involves adding a small amount of new material. So, onwards!