I’ve printed off the first draft of my novel and here it is! Today I’m up at the lighthouse reading it. Is it any good? No, it’s a first draft!
Although the writing needs work – a lot of work – and there are more scenes to write, characters to develop further, and ideas to whittle down to a sharp point, there’s a story here.
One of the things that struck me during the reading is that the issues it tackles of racism, gender imbalance and human relationships are as relevant today as they were in 1900 when the novel is set.
I watch a yacht heading out of the harbour and it makes me sad. My residency at the lighthouse is over when this afternoon I walk down the hill and back along the pier. But like the yacht, my novel’s on its way. There’ll be rough seas ahead, and we’ll be becalmed at times, but my residency here at the lighthouse provided a safe and inspiriting harbour I’m very grateful for.