Hello. I’m still here! I’ve had a busy few months with starting a new job, moving and getting stuck into a few things.
Firstly, the novel is progressing nicely. I’m still hovering around the 95,000 words mark, but that’s because I’ve hit the point in the story now where I’m essentially rewriting the last third of the book, skipping forward to stuff I’d written months ago, picking good pieces out of it that I can use and then removing the rest and continuing on. I’ve felt the quality of my writing dip a bit as of late; maybe I’m trying to rush towards the finish line but my prose is a bit stale… lots of “He did this” and “He did that”. I think I’m just looking forward to having a finished novel as a framework that I can then work on the finer details. It’s the plot that has caused me the most trouble, so once that’s out-of-the-way I can polish it up.
Secondly, I’ve started an evening course with Liverpool University called ‘Writing Novels and Short Stories’. It’s once a week and finishes in March, but it should give me a better insight into the process, and meeting other writers is always a bonus. There will be a lot of critiquing in the class, showing your work to others and reading their work, which I think will be extremely helpful in developing as a writer. Here is a drabble (100 words) story that I wrote in the first class. I only had 10 minutes, so excuse me if it’s a total piece of shit.
It started like most do. We met at a party. An exchange of phone numbers. A cheeky text. Drinks, and so on. Then I got to know her and boy is she fucking psychotic. Stalking me when I go the pub with friends. Demanding to see my phone messages.
The news said a man was found stabbed in the chest and his manhood missing. Michael Fisher his name was. I was sure one of her exes was called that. A few weeks later they found another; sans penis. And now I’m tied to a chair, saying goodbye. She is coming.
Some people read out their drabbles, and I really wanted to but just didn’t have the balls. Hopefully that will change in the coming weeks.
Thirdly, I’ve got myself a part in another play. It’s called ‘Noises Off’ by Michael Frayn and is being put on my Purplecoat Productions, who have been around for 5 years and put on quite a few shows each year. We’ve only had one rehearsal so far and it’s been really fun. I was dying to do something a bit more contemporary after doing Shakespeare for the last three years, and a comedy is right up my street; that’s all I ever used to write/perform in school, so it’s good to go back to my roots. Performances will be around January 2014 so I’ll keep you posted.