Posted by on Apr 9, 2008 in agents, novel edits, writing residencies | 4 Comments

I’m on the Rosneath Peninsula, enjoying a wonderful week’s residency at Cove Park. The preeminent idea of the week is to work on editing the novel in line with the excellent suggestions I received from an agent a couple of weeks ago, and I am indeed getting that done. But I’m also spending a lot of time staring out of the window. I’d forgotten just how beautiful Scotland is, and renewing my acquaintance with hills and heather, not to mention the glories of the lochs, is seductive. Yesterday there were three minesweepers doing a kind of formation dance out on the water and I swear I gazed at them for several hours …

But, dear agent and editor, if you are reading this, I then drew the curtains and sat until late, combing my manuscript to find the clunks and glitches that we both agree need to be corrected, so I did put in the hours, I promise!


  1. Kip de Moll
    9th April 2008

    I certainly know and understand well that lure to sit and stare, even to walk and wander. It is my belief that without allowing the process of such silence, your eventual immersion in your work might not have been productive. I appreciate that you notice your surroundings, observe and absorb the gift, otherwise why be in Scotland and not at your home office, clicking clacking away?
    No need for apology: appreciate and enjoy! My blessings on your lovely view and your hard work,

  2. Charles Lambert
    11th April 2008

    Great to hear you have an agent, Kay. Good luck with the revision.

  3. Louise
    14th April 2008

    I’m jealous ;=) Sounds fantastic … and yes staring is good, you never know what your mind is working out for you … Enjoy the rest of your stay and focus on Yourself and Your work! x

  4. B.A. Goodjohn
    16th April 2008

    Isn’t that a great feeling when you complete the revision? I hope you’re happy with it, Hon.


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