This is my work station at the moment. When I get time to work on my fiction writing, that is.
It’s been too lovely to sit at a desk staring at the wall. I’d much rather be in the kitchen, looking out over the garden, lush and green as it is at the moment.
I’m planning my story.
It seems like a backwards way of doing things seen as though I’ve already written two drafts.
The thing is, they just didn’t quite work.
As this is my first book, I’ve kind of learned my trade through the writing of it. There are things I know now that I wish I’d known when I first started out, but I guess that’s the nature of the game.
I could use this story as a way of learning the craft and leave it at that, but I know there is a great story somewhere in there and I’ve just got to get it out.
I want to get it right.
So back to the planning I’ve gone.
It was some time ago now a friend leant me a ‘how to’ kind of book. I hadn’t read any for a while and I was stuck with what to do and how to go forward, so I thought I would give it a go.
This book has made me see the light. So much so, I had no choice but to go back to the drawing board. Never has the process of writing a novel been so clear to me and I’m hoping this can take me forward to finally write a draft I can really believe in.
In the time it has taken me to write this novel, others would have written three or four manuscripts, but each of them probably lies untouched on their hard drive because the author knows they haven’t quite got them to where they want to be.
That’s how some authors work – to keep writing until the right story comes along. For me, I’ve concentrated on the one story, stubbornly refusing to give up and put it to one side. For me, this story is my on-the-job training, my apprenticeship. It’s also my baby and I refuse to give up on it.
So whilst I occasionally get too frustrated and have to put it to one side to concentrate on something else, I always come back refreshed and ready to tackle it again.
This time, with all this careful and meticulous planning, I’m determined to get it right.