Monday, 3 July 2017

Cracking on

It's been about three weeks I think since I started work on my World War One novel and things are going better than expected. The first ten chapters are now written and edited putting me at about the 28000 word mark. My pace has dropped off a little bit this week because I'm now writing a battle scene which necessitates me doing a fair bit of research, which as anyone who knows me will tell you is a labour of love where the First World War is concerned. I'm trying hard not to get too bogged down in detail because obviously the fewer facts you quote, the less chance there is of you making an honest mistake, but there are certain things which I have to include. Really pleased with how it's going though.

I would really like to write a short story to mix it up a bit but I'm so absorbed in the novel at the moment that I just can't motivate myself to write one. Hopefully that will change over the coming weeks.

Away from writing I've also managed to eek out some time to do some reading, polishing off a staggering (for me) 4 books in just over a couple of weeks. I've read Dreams of a captive  book one of Lay me restless by Sam Leeves, a rising star in the fantasy genre and the Eagles trilogy by Ben Kane. Again anyone who knows me will tell you that second to the First World War my passion is anything Roman and I now own a staggering 200 historical hardback books, the vast majority of which are about the Romans by people like Kane, Scarrow, Riches, Jackson and Fabbri to name but a few. This trilogy is about the destruction of Varus' 3 legions in the forests of Germania in 9AD and Germanicus' expedition to avenge Arminius' betrayal and to recover the lost eagles in the following years. It's a very good trilogy and I highly recommend it. Pop over to Good reads and see my reviews if interested.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

On writing

I'm delighted to say that I finally have some positive writing news to share with you.

It's early days, but I started work on my World War One novel on Monday and things are going well. I say I started work on it - that's not strictly true - I actually wrote a 90 000 word novel back in 2004 and tried subbing it but got nowhere. Looking back on it now over a decade later I can see why - the writing isn't too bad but the plot was slack and some of the characters didn't have much depth. I started working on it again in 2012 and 2016, but didn't get much further than about 20 000 words, although the alterations I made were improvements. This year I am determined to completely revamp it ready for submission. I started on Monday and am managing to edit/rewrite a chapter a day, which is working out at about 1300 words a day - I'm not going to set the world alight at that pace, but perhaps this time round quality will win out over quantity. I'm hoping to have it finished by the end of August - that's probably a big ask, but I'm going to go for it.

Whilst I'm working on this ideas and prompts continue to bombard my already overloaded brain and flicking through my notebook earlier I've got the makings of a very good ghost story - too much for a short story but not enough for a novel - yet. But it's looking good.

I've also got the fantasy novel I started 14 months ago percolating in the background. That too has stagnated around the 20 000 word mark. At the time I thought it was some of the best if not the best writing I have ever done, so I owe it to myself to revisit that at some point in the future.

Away from writing I've been watching a lot of films lately and have watched some very good ones including the Australian ghost film "Backtrack", "Colony" and an absolutely brilliant western starring Mads Mikkelsen and Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Negan - for all you Walking Dead fans) called "The salvation". Highly recommend that one. Another good film, albeit with Danish subtitles was "April 9th" about the days teh Germans invaded Denmark during WW2.

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