Well hello to those of you that follow me, sorry that I have been away for such a long time.
As you may know if you have seen my occasional updates via Twitch, a lot has happened in my personal life recently which has impacted upon both my ability and even desire to write.
The main thing has been the death of my father. I’m not a sentimental person, but this has had a huge impact on my creativity. He had been unwell for a while, and for those of you who have been keeping uptodate with me you will know that I have done hardly anything creative since the main NaNoWriMo writing tournament last November.
So I find myself in a bit of a creative null spot that I have been trying (so far unsuccessfully) to break out of.
Here is an update on my current projects:
THE ENGLISH HIKIKOMORI: I have two chapters left to sign off then this project is finished! I will try and do that in the next few days – I did manage to get most of the book signed off in July.
STILL LIFE: the second draft is almost finished. When I completed the story I had in mind that the story could continue, but was not sure what direction to take it in. Although I have not done much actual writing recently, I have been working on the plot of the next story with these characters. In fact I have written a preliminary chapter breakdown, and there is a character that is prominent in the next story that cannot just come out of nowhere, so when I do the third draft of Still Life I need to add them. It won’t feel crowbarred or unnatural, for all I know she was already in some of the scenes of Still Life but just didn’t get a mention, now she will. I need to try and sign this book off by the start of November, which leads me on naturally to…
SELF PORTRAIT (NEW PROJECT): a continuation of the story and characters from Still Life. I have done a chapter breakdown and will try and write the first 50,000 words of this as part of NaNoWriMo in November this year.
EMPRESS OF THE TREES: Stuck in limbo with about 40,000 words still to write. I plan to do this once I have written Self Portrait, or if I get Still Life signed off earlier than I predict then maybe I will do some of this before November.
BROKEN PEOPLE: I wrote 50,000 words of this last year during NaNoWriMo and to be honest I struggled with the direction of it even then and have not looked at it since. It was something I wanted to do (a follow up for the characters in The English Hikikomori) but it was directionless – something one of my Twitch viewers picked up on at the time. If I do continue with it I will probably start from scratch, or I may abandon it altogether, time will tell!
So that’s me, I am going to try and get back into the habit of doing weekly updates on here again, and writing on Twitch.
Hope you are all well, and for anyone who has writing projects, I hope they are progressing as planned.
Right, I’m off to build some Lego!