Over the Memorial Day weekend, I finished the rough draft of my new book. (No title yet.) What does that mean? First, relief. It has been a two-year effort. Nonetheless, I am far from finished. Having a complete book means I can now rewrite with the whole story in my head. As I have said elsewhere, I cannot write a good first page until I write a good last page. Now I must bring the whole book together, hopefully, in some seamless, logical, compelling fashion. During this process I make countless changes, some big. For those who know my Newbery book, Crispin: The Cross of Lead, they may be surprised that the cross of lead, which is so key to the book, was not added until after the first draft was written. Moreover, I think there were at least ten different opening chapters to that book. The fact is, this period of rewriting, is my favourite part of the process. A lot of the tension of creating is gone. In its place comes the joy of making the book deeper, richer, a better experience for the reader—and, dare I say—for this writer, too.
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So are you adding to the series or writing what happen before the other books.
Dear Avi, I just finished listening to the “Crispin: The Cross of Lead” audiobook. Loved it! It’s your first book I’ve read and I’m delighted to learn more about you and read (or listen!) to more of your books! Thanks for your website, this blog and sharing so many thoughts on reading and writing. Thank you!!