What I’m writing – old and new


I posted a while back about the follies of using real people as inspiration in stories.

Well, guess what? I didn’t heed my own warnings. I spent some time indulging in “what ifs” and whys and hows and, sometimes, whos and, well…

Let’s just say some of the results weren’t pretty.

For the last few months I have been enjoying myself with some fiction about life in general and a very specific set of circumstances, the premise of which could be brilliant. It currently reads as though it came from a lust-driven teenage girl who is so terrified of sex she hides her own sexuality under jumpers that are way too big for her writing about her first forays into said sexuality in her secret diary. And I would expect it to sound like it was written by a lust-driven teenage girl who is so terrified of sex she hides her own sexuality under jumpers that are way too big for her because I haven’t really ever stopped being that awkward, gawky, uncomfortable teenager so my characters still have their secret diaries and kind of are my own adult version of those first glimpses.

Still, beyond the meandering, there is an element of the story bordering on rich feminist opinion in a male dominated domain that means I can’t let go of what it could be. And this, of course, means that no matter how much of a headfuck bits of it have been (yeah, thanks for that 😉 ) I have to keep at it until it comes to its natural conclusion.

The things we do for novels, huh?

When I’m not adding copious amounts of glitter to turds in the hope they’ll turn into diamonds, I’m preparing for this year’s Campnanowrimo – another dive into 50000 words of nonsensical whimsy. I’m more prepared this time than I was for nanowrimo in November. I have a plot and a couple of characters and I know how I’m going to start, so I’ll get around 1000 words done at least.

It’s going to be a challenging month, but I’m sure it’ll be worth it.

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6 thoughts on “What I’m writing – old and new

    1. I haven’t been watching it- hoping we can get it on catch up, although I’m not sure He-Who-Plays-PS$-tonight-for-a-change will be into all that, so I may have to make it a guilty pleasure!
      Aren’t awkward teens the best? All my adults seem to become awkward teens when they fancy someone too. Some things never change!

  1. Oh I’m totally intrigued by this now – must hear more! Real life alternative musings (for want to a better phrase) can inspire some fab stories. Still not going to write my dream-inspired survivalist passion though…

    1. Oh, Maddy, you should! Although it is the route to madness if you over-indulge. I’ve had to stop now because CampNano has come in and is taking up all my writing brain-space. Maybe one day I’ll clean it up, sanitise it and let the world have its wicked way with it! x

  2. It sounds like it might be being oddly cathartic to write it all out though – and I am definitely intrigued by the premise so I think you’re on to something – shelve it until the month is done and then see where it wants to go?

    1. Yes, it’s kind of soothing but difficult in equal measures. It also wants to be written so not sure shelving it is an option haha x

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