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 a 70,000 word first draft of a novel, and now I’m rewriting it.
Writing a novel is something I wanted to try for some time. I’ve written short stories in the past, and made attempts at longer pieces. Yet I’ve never really stuck with them. A couple of months ago though I found myself with some free time. 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 I write non-fiction, I have boundaries to work within and facts to keep me in check. That’s not the case with fiction, so I feel a sense of abandon when I write. 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 (well let’s face it 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. 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. Hopefully something better. Now that 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, and 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.
In other news, winter finally finished, and 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 involve 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 visitors in town. Then we’ll be on the countdown to Christmas, and I’ll be seeing my family at long last!