How to write this crime novel that has been floating in my head for more than a year has given me some trouble and following it to nowhere is not helping a lot.
I did wonder if creating some sort of step plan, as one does for script writing, would help to clear the way and create a path and after reading THIS, I think it might well be the answer.
Updates to follow when this plan is in the bag.
Saturday, 6 August 2011
Friday, 5 August 2011
During my MA fiction course, we had to submit a piece of work about once a month for critique. I hated that partly because I was too busy with work to give fiction my full attention and partly because I knew whatever I submitted in haste was always going to be crap.
As a result, most of my submissions got very heavily criticised - even laughed at to my shame - which resulted in me wanting to run a million miles away from anything to do with short stories or novels.
I did, however, begin to write a crime novel. Now I'm a year away from it, I can see why it caused such a giggle and why it was so crap which immediately made me want to scrap it but instead I began to tweak it, rethink my characters, and let it lead me to where it's going rather than the other way around.
I have an idea of what it's supposed to be about so I'm hoping that by going back to my 2000 words a day fiction writing target that it will all somehow begin to take shape.
If that happens anytime within the next year, I'll let you know.