Susan Newham-Blake Discusses the Process of Writing Making Finn
Susan Newham-Blake was interviewed for the Get Your Book Published site about her writing process. Newham-Blake explained that when she was writing Making Finn she would write at least 500 words a day, which takes her about an hour. The following day, she would read through this and polish before continuing.
“My two biggest challenges to writing are time and self-doubt,” Newham-Blake said, explaining that she told herself she was writing the book for her sons, which allowed her to move away from the worry that no one would want to read it.
1. From first draft, to published book, how much editing do you do?
While I was writing Making Finn I would start the day by reading through what I’d written the day before and give it a quick polish before proceeding. After the manuscript was finished I went through the first draft again. I did not do a huge amount of editing, but did elaborate on certain elements I felt were a bit thin, or delete any repetition. Once I was done I gave the manuscript to a trusted acquaintance who also gave me pointers on how she experienced the book. For instance, she felt I hadn’t included enough description of a particular character. I incorporated some of her suggestions before sending it off to Penguin. There were no editing requests from Penguin.