I started working on The Book of Thoth, my second novel, in January 2011 - at least, the planning stage, which lasted around six months, began then.
The manuscript is bonkers, and wayyyyyy too long - it stands at 150,950 words at the moment.
My head is screaming CUT CUT CUT CUT!!!!!
It's been a challenge, as I have tried to write some kind of hybrid Gothic novel and have been adding things as I went along... But it's been - and still promises to be - FUN. Well, fun to write. Not sure what it will be like for readers.
I have no idea whether it works or not - well, I don't think it quite works as it stands at the moment, and that's why I know that finishing draft 1 is only the beginning...
I have edited the first 5,000 words, but there is a hell of a lot of work to do. And because it's taken so long to write, I actually cannot remember half of what I've written over the past three years!