It’s been two months since my last post, that time feels as though it just slipped through my fingers. It’s been a quiet couple of months but I have been keeping busy writing, not here I did write a 70,000 word first draft of a novel and now I’m rewriting it.
Writing a novel is something I’ve wanted to try for some time. I’ve written short stories in before and made attempts at longer pieces, but I’ve never really stuck with them. A couple of months ago I found myself with some free time, so I opened a document which held a scrap of a story that I had started a while ago and I started writing. I gave myself a target of 500 words per day but I found most days I wrote more.
I really enjoyed the process of writing the draft. The thing I like about writing fiction is that it’s possible to fabricate and imagine a world that sits beyond the limits of my own. When we write non-fiction, we have boundaries to work within and facts to keep us in check. That’s not the case with fiction so I feel a sense of abandon when I write and I like that.
I wrote pretty quickly and figured things out as I went along, as such there are a lot of grammatical errors and a few (or maybe lots of) structural issues. It’s just the first draft though and the process of rewriting is taking considerably longer. It´s a much more laborious process and it’s a lot slower. Many days I just feel paralysed thinking that everything I’ve written is a pile of crap. I’m just going to try and plod ahead though and hope it will work out in the end. And if it doesn’t at least I can say I had fun trying.
I´m not sure if this story will ever see the light of day but I do think that it will provide a good stepping stone for me to go on to write something else, maybe something better. Now I know that I have the discipline to write when I don’t know what to write and see something through to fruition I feel confident that I can do this again.
I’ve been reading as per normal but I’ve been trying to read a bit more critically, that’s not really something I’ve done since university and if I’m honest it doesn’t come naturally to me. I think it’s important though, to take notice of character development, structure and narrative so that I can improve my own and spark ideas of what is possible.
In other news winter finally finished and now spring has arrived. Spring is by far my favourite season and right now everything seems to be in bloom. I have watched as the leaf-less stalks of the tree in front of my balcony bud. I saw the leaves unfurl and now when I look out I can’t even see through the bushy mass of green leaves.
The next few weeks are going to be more re-writing, I also want to get out more and take more photos. November will also be a month of friends as I am going to have a few lovely people in town, then we’ll be on the countdown to Christmas and I’ll be seeing my family at long last!