The Writing Life

I’ve mentioned before that I’m not a fast writer, by which I mean I procrastinate a lot. I saw a meme somewhere that showed the life of a writer as 75% surfing the web, 20% doing anything else but writing, and 5% writing. I ‘liked’ that meme because that’s exactly me as a writer.

Knowing that, you’d think I would find it easy to smarten up. It isn’t. If I was locked in an Internet-free room with nothing but the tools of writing, I’d dream for 95% of the time and write for 5%. And I wouldn’t be dreaming of the story! How do I know this? Last night (and other nights lately) I lay awake for long periods of time just ‘day dreaming’. But could I force those night time ‘daydreams’ into a focused story that would complete book 3 of The Modest Proposal Institute? No I could not. I woke this morning with a general sense that I should finish the book as quickly as possible, which is where I was when I went to bed and the reason I lay awake ‘daydreaming’. ┬áToday, however, will be the start of a new regime — possibly.

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Back to Work

I’ve been away with limited Internet access. I hope you noticed:-)

I was, however, able to work on Book 3 of The Modest Proposal Institute so it is progressing — though more slowly than I would like. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m not a fast writer.

Part of the reason it’s moving slowly is the story is getting harder to tell because the stage has moved out to the wider world. We’re no longer confined to a small island or small plots of land around spaceports. There are more characters too. In particular, now that girls and young women have been brought into the Institute, their story needs to be told as well.

In fact, I’m not sure my original plan of five books is going to be enough. We’ll see how it all develops.

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