I’ve been looking back over previous blogging ideas and came across this which, I thought, might be worth posting as it explains a little about my writing life.
“Writing is a journey, not a destination”.
I have been on my novel writing journey for almost as long as I can remember. My first effort, at aged 14, followed my discovery of Ursula K Le Guin’s Earthsea Trilogy and bore the (uninspiring) title The Squire’s Son and the Sword. It rambled on for a hundred pages or so before I lost interest in the hero and his feeble attempts to atone for a bad decision. It may still be lurking in the attic and, if it is, that’s where it’s staying.
The second and third attempts, Longer than the Day (set in fifteenth century England) and The De Vezaly Conspiracy (set in sixteenth century France), rambled on for a whole lot longer and I do still have these hidden away in boxes in the spare room. Like their predecessor they are unlikely to ever see the light of day again.
Next there was an untitled attempt at Chick Lit. I can’t remember why I gave up on it; possibly because I only had a beginning and no middle or end. Not a good position for a writer to be in. I still quite like the premise and the characters so, unlike my previous attempts, I may revisit it one day. When I have nothing else to do…!
In July 2014 I decided to give Historical novels a miss for attempt number four and returned to my first love; the Fantasy novel. This was sparked by a free online course, Start Writing Fiction, offered by Future Learn in association with the Open University, and after that finished deciding to keep the momentum going by taking part in Camp NaNo.
Writing an average of 1,667 words a day for a whole month resulted in Fortune’s Quest, or at least the first part (of the first part), Rise of the Dragonkin. I won’t lie, it was hard going, but I had a goal and I stuck with it. Nearly 55,000 words later I’m still trying to make time to write every day. It feels different this time which is entirely due to my discovery of K. M. Weiland’s excellent Outlining your Novel. Via this, and a whole raft of other websites and books, I now know a whole lot more about the process of writing a novel. I need to think before I write and not just jump in with both feet and hope for the best.
With this firmly in mind I am preparing a road map for my own quest. With any luck I won’t get lost this time.