Thursday, 30 January 2014

Where I'm at

It's a cold, wet January day; I'm in the middle of a week off work and I'm listening to a compliation of live stuff by Therapy? so while everything's grey and manky, what better time to take a second and see where I am?

I finished my current novella yesterday. 26.5K words. To be honest, it wasn't as smooth a first draft as Mirror which doesn't have to be a bad thing. They're different stories approached at different angles, and there's room for improvement in just about anything. This one (no title just yet. I'm considering a few) has moments of decent stuff and I like the overall story, but I think the finished book will be pretty different. The plot itself is fine; it's the background to the story that's the problem. There's a lot going on and not enough space or time to get into it without negatively impacting what's supposed to be a fast-paced page turner. So my choice for the rewrites will either be turn it into a full length novel or come at it with a new approach. I'll leave it alone for a couple of weeks and come back to it with fresh eyes before I decide anything.

While the WIP has a doze, I've got a couple of short stories to outline in more detail before writing them. I had the idea for one at least a year ago, but it didn't feel like the right time to write it. Maybe it is now. As I've said before, I've got no problem with sitting on a story until its time is right.

I'm also very excited about interviewing one of my favorite writers at some point hopefully soon. Not sure when yet - getting the questions to them next week, then obviously they need to take time out of their lives (writing and personal) to answer them. In any case, I've been a fan for a while and having this chance is pretty sweet.

Penultimately, I've got a few things out on submission which means time to play the waiting game once again. They may all come to nowt or I may strike it lucky. That's what the waiting game is all about.

And I'm listening to two voices telling me they want to be my next novel. Whichever one tears out the throat of the other before drinking their spraying blood and then wearing the twitching corpse as a hat wins.

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