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Writing Update: No Relation (4th Novel)

On January 5th, 2013, I recorded on this blog that I had officially started writing the manuscript for my fourth novel, No Relation. Well, I’m thrilled to report that two days ago, my editor, Doug Gibson, passed along the final manuscript to McClelland & Stewart for copy-editing and proofreading. In other words, the book is essentially finished. (WooooHoooo!) Last week, I went through Doug’s minor but thoughtful and very beneficial suggested tweaks to the manuscript. It’s a better book and it’s in better shape thanks to Doug’s insights and experience. So for the time being, it’s now out of my hands.

If you’re thinking that six months is not a long time to write a novel, do not be deceived. Writing the manuscript is the very last step in my particular writing process. In the preceding six to eight months, I’ve been carrying around the whole story in my mind, developing it, changing it, putting it back the way it was and then changing it again, refining the plot, developing the settings and characters, and eventually drafting a 50-70 page chapter-by-chapter outline to guide me in writing the manuscript. In other words, by the time I get to the actual crafting of sentences, I know everything there is to know about the novel, from start to finish. So at that stage, the writing itself is, thankfully, relatively straightforward and efficient. It just requires that I put my ass in the chair long enough to bang out 100,000 words, preferably in the right order. But you’ll eventually be that judge of that.

Finishing No Relation liberates my mind to start mapping out my fifth novel. I’ve had an idea simmering in my brain-pan since last December. I think it’s almost ready to see the light of day. (You don’t want to be inside my head for longer than seven or eight months!) So I hope to start wrestling novel #5 into shape so I can start writing it as early as the fall. Onwards…


6 responses to “Writing Update: No Relation (4th Novel)”

  1. Carol says:

    I have read your other three books and thoroughly enjoyed them and am soooo looking forward to #4 No Relation.

  2. Kathy says:

    Can’t wait – each book is better! Loved Up and Down!

  3. Ted says:

    Terry, In the past 2 months I have ready all three of your current books – just finished Up and Down an hour ago! It is great to see that another is on it’s way!!

  4. John Warren says:

    Hi Terry, It was a wonderfully entertaining interview at the Toronto Reference Library this evening. Thank you also for your very supportive comments on the Groundhog Day Saga. It was a joy to read to such an appreciative audience. I look forward to reading “No Relation” and still think that there should be a third book in the ‘political’ themed novels. 🙂

  5. Audrey Tumback says:

    Had a Terry Fallis marathon last week….all three books…I so loved Up and Down that as soon as I finished it, I turned back to the front page and read it again.You have the most wonderful “voice” and I am delighted to know there will soon be another book. You are , without a doubt, a Canadian treasure.

  6. Terry Fallis says:

    Very kind of you. Here’s hoping you enjoy No Relation when it arrives in May…

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