Friday, 15 September 2006

Writing - the progress

No word from Mr. Agent since we talked about the manuscript of my third novel, (fourth if you count Blake's 7 fan fiction...), which I sent him sometime in May.

I'm not going to post anything about the new novel yet. Pretty sure my friends and family are fed up with hearing about my unpublishable novels.

So, let's wait until the jury's back with a verdict before I bore you again.I've been working on some new ideas. Got 20,000 words into a coming-of-age novel for older teens, before realising that there was no proper plot. I wanted to see if I could write a story with no gadgets, chases, mystery, no adventure at all in fact, just characters and relationships. Crumbs, it was hard work.

Then my kind friend Alison read it and said politely "The writing is good...the sentences are good...but there doesn't seem to be a story". Yikes - she was right. I was concentrating so hard on, yanno, the characters and the descriptions, that I forgot to put in a hardcore structured story! So it's back to the drawing board.