Revising Part 2 has been more tricky. I have struggled. Perhaps this is because in Part 2 I have to make decisions and resolve some of the teasers and plot lines set up in Part 1. The main problem is that the denouement at the end of Part 2 no longer convinces me. And if it doesn't convince me then it sure as hell won't anybody else. The catastrophe awaiting Kaye is largely driven by her Father's absence and her willingness to subscribe to his political ideology, but it is also facilitated by the intense friendship with her best friend, Carole. Carole is an incredibly influential and important person in Kaye's life and I need to spend more time establishing their friendship and cementing their strong bond.
I am fascinated by female friendships - particularly those formed during adolescence. The feelings I had for my own best friend during primary and secondary school were as fierce as any love affair. This is because at that time, it was the central relationship in my life. I owed her loyalty, protection and total commitment and she owed me the same. If either of us failed at any of these things, there would be hell to pay: hours of painful accusation, followed by days of silence, before the delicious satisfaction of burying the hatchet and making up. The desire to make it up to my friend overruled anything else - that kind of power can be dangerous. I think I need to further explore the dance of power and status between Kaye and Carole and demonstrate how this leads them to disaster.
So I have written 74,000 words so far. Funny how the word count becomes an indicator of some kind of success. 74,000 words, but I am not sure how close I am to a completed draft. Major revisions are under way and it is like renovating a house. Once you start attacking one section, you notice that some of the foundations are a bit wobbly and if you don't attend to this problem, the house will just come crashing down later on. Writing a novel probably takes as long as building a house.