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The Red Pen Parable
June 14, 2020

I announced this on social media a few weeks ago when it happened but this blog update is long overdue. I completed the rough draft of my first historical fiction novel. Right now I’m attacking the manuscript with my red pen, jotting lots of notes along the margins, underlining things in color-coded markers and identifying scenes that need to be worked on further.

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This beast is over twice the length of any of the Molly Miranda novels, is quite a bit more serious and has taken much, much longer to write. I had this book about half-written when I realized I was going about it all wrong and decided to start from scratch, having to toss a lot of what I had already written. It didn’t help that I actually stopped writing it partway through so I could write a how-to ebook.

But it’s done and that’s what matters.


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As I’m going through these pages and making notes, I’m encouraged that I can tell that I have become a stronger writer in the five years since I published my first novel. It’s also a good sign that I have an easier time reading my work and being able to tell pretty quickly if it needs more work.

I’m so excited for this book to be finally out there in the world. It’ll be a while yet before that happens but it’s closer now than ever before.

I’m not ready to announce the title or plot yet but I can say this:

  • it’s historical fiction set in the late Victorian period
  • it’s more serious than Molly Miranda but less serious than most books of the historical fiction genre

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Jillianne Hamilton is the author of the Molly Miranda: Thief for Hire trilogy and The Lazy Historian's Guide to the Wives of Henry VIII. Learn more.

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