I don’t really have much to say today, but I’m probably not going to get time to write after Shabbat (the Sabbath). I won’t get home from shul (synagogue) until about 11.15pm and then I will need to tidy up and have something to eat and as I want to be up early on Sunday to volunteer, I will only blog if I really need to offload (which is entirely possible, of course).
I went to depression group yesterday. The group is changing meeting place soon and I’m not sure if I will be able to make it to the new place easily. This is a bit disappointing, although I haven’t been much in the last year or two because of work; I don’t like being out so late the night before a work day.
I have mostly finished a piece of non-fiction writing I want to try to sell to a Jewish newspaper (I’m waiting for feedback from my Mum, but my Dad and E. liked it). E. helped me with the conclusion. I tend to struggle with endings.
This week I’ve written about 2,000 words of a piece of extended writing that could be the nucleus of a semi-autobiographical novel. I think I mentioned it earlier this week. Writing fiction is slow compared to blogging. I suspect I can write about 2,000 words an hour for a blog, if I know what I want to talk about, but with fiction I think I’ve been managing 500 words an hour. I struggle to get into the mindset of setting the scene and describing detail instead of just skipping through the salient points. I struggle with reading descriptive passages (I can’t usually ‘see’ things or people when I read novels) so I suppose it’s not surprising that I struggle to write them. The writing seems quite powerful, so far as I can tell, but I’m not sure where it’s going. I’ve got a page or two of notes and a vague idea of where I’m going, but I’m not really sure about a lot of things about the story, including how much I want to reveal of my own demons, albeit in fictionalised form.
One of the reasons I have struggled to write fiction in the past is the issue of planning. I’ve said before that I’ve discovered that I’m not a good planner, despite what I thought and now I wonder if that applies to fiction too. I’ve pushed this current scene on by asking myself what could go wrong next for the protagonist. I’m usually sceptical of writers who say that their characters write the story, but that kind of impulsive “What would he do next?” approach might be worth trying.
I don’t want to neglect my non-fiction Doctor Who book while I do this, but I’m unsure what to do having lost my draft readers/commenters. I ought to at least have a go at a third draft of the last chapter, followed by a fourth draft of the whole book to try to reduce the word count by 10,000 words or so (sounds a lot, but it’s less than 1,000 words a chapter. Which still is a lot, but the whole thing is over 107,000 words). I don’t know if I should watch more of the episodes in the last chapter again (Jodie Whittaker’s episodes). I don’t really have the time to do that right now, but I am conscious of being a lot less au fait with them than with the older episodes. After that I suppose I should format it and submit it. I’m nervous about the correct way to format a manuscript. This site looks very useful, but I’m worried that it might be out of date.
I think that’s about all I have to say today, which is just as well, as I’m out of time before Shabbat.