So, I write books. You probably know, or guess, that at least. And it occurred to me while working an edit on my draft recently that there are possibly authors out there who don’t have to repeatedly tweak what they’ve written. There may be people who write the perfect scene from square one and can just turn it over to their editor with a confident smile. I’m not one. You see, I think it’s because I write very fast. Working from my plan I will turn out a 5000 word chapter in a day’s work. But that is a draft. It will need self-editing before I can be happy with it. Each time I edit a scene (and some will take more editing than others) I build it up in layers. I’m going to give you a small example. Let’s start with this. I’m going to write a quick scene, just a paragraph or so long.
Under assumed names and in a variety of roles, the former Praetorian conspires with some of the most important men in Rome, bringing the city to the very brink of disaster in a grand and complex plot to cause the fall of the untouchable chamberlain.
And as governors, prefects, Praetorians and consuls work their secret plots in the seedy underbelly of Rome, Rufinus finds he has an opportunity to settle old scores along the way.
The empire is suffering. Rome is seething. Rufinus is back.