As a writer, I’m constantly searching for moments in the day to actually write. It’s not easy; I’ve got a full-time job, I’m organising a wedding, I’ve got this bloody blog thing to write – there’s not enough time to go round!
For instance, I realised just this morning that since completing my plot outline, I’ve written one measly chapter. One! In a week! I have 88 to complete, which means at this glacial pace, the second draft won’t be complete until APRIL 2017.
This is clearly not good enough.
But wait, watch what happens when you cram more work in:
Two chapters a week – Finished by June 2016
Three chapters a week – Finished by February 2016
One a day – Finished by November 2015
One AN HOUR – Finished by THIS SATURDAY.
You see? At that rate I could be a bestseller by this time next week!
Continue reading Finding time to write – a new train of thought
My heart flitters, as though a moth flutters inside. Christ, was that a heart attack? Need to breathe – stay calm. Was that normal? I feel fine, but that wasn’t normal – was it normal?
Can’t eat. Can’t hold my fork! Just breathe through your nose.
Apologise to Sarah.
Well, go on! Do it!
Jesus, you sound like you’re having a stroke! Stop scaring her! Pull yourself together – keep breathing!
Fingers are clamping up – body’s tingling. Pins and needles all over. My mind’s a tornado. Got to keep calm.
“James? Are you ok?”
I’m losing it – I’m losing it.
Brushing the sexist terminology aside for a moment, I want to talk about the everyman.
If you’re writing a science fiction or fantasy novel, your protagonist might be an ordinary person who finds themselves in an extraordinary world.
We make these characters to articulate the oddity of the situation, to show how peculiar it is through the eyes of the bewildered.
The problem is, characterisation and agency tend to fall to the wayside. Take for instance Alice or Dorothy, of Wonderland and Oz fame. Tell me some of their character traits… What kind of personality do they have?
It’s tough, right?
Continue reading Every man has agency, except the everyman