What to leave out?
At this point in my new manuscript the problem is not what to add, but what to leave out?
The story of Clara Saunders now has a shape that I can work within. But there are so many ways to tell the story of 14 year-old Clara and her adventures as a pioneer woman in the goldfields, and later the wheat belt, of Western Australia that I have struggled to narrow it down. There is probably more than one book here. I don’t want to be distracted from writing the one I have in mind. But it probably helps to think of the possibility of using other, completely different, approaches to this story. Hopefully, that way I will avoid the temptation to cram in too much material. I need to maintain a pace that suits Clara’s lively, energetic and determined approach to life, in spite of everything she encounters in the frontier town of Coolgardie in 1893.
Getting close to a readable draft now. Fingers crossed.