That Elusive Cure

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The Pleasure of Writing

Six months ago Jessica Smith got in touch. She was looking for an editor, could I take a look at Godcorp her debut novel.

After reading the opening chapters I had one word for Jessica: Wow! cover27

Godcorp was an editor’s dream. This was a natural storyteller, and the story she had to tell was unique, fresh and the writing of the kind that scrabbles at you from the page and devours your time in no time. A page-turner. It is rare that I would recommend any writer to approach a film studio, but I could easily see Godcorp on the big screen, no doubt about that. Send the big players a copy of this, I said, with a note on it saying `Make me an offer`.

Watch this space, because Godcorp is a creation of genius, an imaginative supernatural chiller that bounces along with its tongue in its cheek as it sucks you into its marvellously meaty maw. Working on Godcorp turned out to be a creative blast as we honed the elements, stretched the imaginative, polished the drive along the twists and turns of a plot unpredictable to its end.

A week after completion Jessica sent me the start of Godcorp II and I was wowed once again. Rarely does a sequel better its predecessor, but here the tack was changed and the emotionally-packed result was so good, so real, it literally was storytelling Heaven and editing bliss.

Yesterday we signed off Godcorp II. An hour later, Jessica sent me this:

`– a testimonial.

Johnny and I have just signed off my second novel and I have to say I couldn’t be happier. Johnny is an incredible editor. He polishes, he chisels, he sculpts along with you, until you are left with a stronger, healthier, much more vibrant version of your original vision. I can’t thank him enough.

Working with Johnny on both Godcorp I and II has been a tremendous experience. He gets it. He lives it with you. His suggested additions are always flawless. They integrate with your style with seamless fluidity. Your characters speak through his words in the same way they’d speak in your head. That’s an incredible talent, I feel, and one that’s been so very useful throughout this project.

His eyes are hawk-like, picking up any bits of fluff collecting in the corners, and testing every single word for substance. His ideas are wonderful. I’ve also been lucky enough to receive some gems from his very own muse, and wow, were they sparkly!

I could rave for hours about how wonderful his talents are, as many others have done before me, but there are two other things in particular I’d like to mention:

1. The enjoyment factor. Working with Johnny is great fun. The sight of an email in my inbox with freshly edited chapters provokes a massive rush of excitement. It’s a great experience. It’s enlightening, it’s challenging, it’s all-round goddamn BRILLIANT! You will feel that too, working with him is a real buzz.

2. The learning experience. Johnny is so knowledgeable of the writing craft, and his advice so sound, that you cannot help but learn from him. Two books in and I see things in my writing that I’ve learnt as a direct result of his input. Recently I read through one of my old short stories. I tore the thing apart in seconds. This was solely down to Johnny. I’ve matured as a writer, I’ve learnt from his edits, I’ve raised my game as a result of his meticulous approach. It’s made me a much better author, undeniably. I saw the story with fresh eyes, immediately picking out weak spots, potential improvements, overwriting and general fluff – it was an undeniable moment of realisation that working with Johnny has improved my craft beyond recognition.

He will improve yours too. You won’t regret it. Not for one single second.`

Jessica Smith

Author of the Godcorp series.

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The smile was still on my face when the outline for Godcorp III dropped in my inbox.

Three hours and ten emails later and the outline’s basic shape was settled upon; a skeleton waiting for its flesh. And I’ll get to help dress that skeleton, pick the lint from its finery, make it shine.

Thank you, Jessica and Godcorp.

That is the pleasure of writing.

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`Why Tight Shorts are Important` – by Jan Ruth – FREE download: 26/27 June

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(Jan’s collection `The Long and the Short of It` is FREE 26/27 June – links below)

When someone says `shorts` – what does it mean to you? I always used to prefer those continental jobs the tennis players favour. But are they short trousers, or long shorts? These days, now that I am back to writing, ‘shorts’ mean something totally different.

 

I’ve always written novel length stories, and I’m thinking now that my penchant for long trousers may have a subjective effect on all of this. I hate my legs in shorts! Does it explain why I find writing short stories so difficult? They are time capsules, brief but intense insights into someone’s world. They still have to carry all the same criteria as a novel, but all the principles have to be honed to within an inch of their lives, or hems, if you want to stay with the theme. The length can vary from ankle-grazing continental style (almost a novella, but not quite?) to old-fashioned budgie smugglers (flash fiction!)

 

I think mine are the discreet kind, just on the knee or maybe slightly above.

 

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Let’s be serious for a moment now. I have a small but tortured history of working with editors, agents and publishers and one develops a ‘nose’ for the real thing, like the fragrance of fresh-washed cotton… Oops sorry about that, lapsed into analogy again. When I was introduced to John I don’t mind admitting I was on the verge of despair. I’d had dealings with a big editorial company from London some thirty years ago, so I know how editing and proofreading should work but of course with self-publishing we don’t have the cash advances and the backing, and we have to make all of these decisions for ourselves. I wanted to find someone with those same skills who didn’t charge the London prices. The internet is a very messy sewing box and not everyone puts the needles and pins in a safe place.  I struggled. I was let down, and disappointed.tight1

Until I found the excellent John Hudspith.

I want to see his shorts. I’m betting they are very, very small.

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Thank you, Jan.

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