I have spent most of my adult life wanting to be not only a writer, but an author! I think most of us are writers in one way or another, be it blogging, letters to newspaper columns, or even just personal diaries where we express our views of the world, our lives and aspirations. But to be an author and write a book! a work of fiction in which you create worlds, kingdoms and characters to live with in – That is what I have always wanted to do.
I have, in fact, written two full length novels in the past, back in the days of typewriters and carbon paper to make copies. spending months typing out a first draft, editing and revising that, then with a fresh box of A4 paper beginning the entire process again! I found the love of writing marred by constantly having to retype the entire manuscript. I found this was dampening my imagination, but at least i strove on and had two unpublished novels to my name before I gave up. I didn’t give up on enthusiasm and interest, it was the hateful Remington, becoming a laughing demon. Mocking me with the fact I HAD to hammer out yet another 700 page draft!
I will be honest, I am not getting any younger at 55 years old, and if this old woman wants to see her name on the cover of a novel in this lifetime, she will have to get on with it. So this year after many stops and starts, many ill-prepared launches into a new novel, I am at last in the preparatory stages for what will be my most ambitious effort to date.
Unlike previous years when I had a regular job that occupied me for 8-9 hours a day and leaving little time to write, I now own my own shop selling pagan ritual items and doing tarot readings, so I am my own boss and able to set my own hours which means I am in the fortunate position now of being able to mesh writing with work. In fact, even in the shop and between customers, I can open up Scrivener and make progress.
So sets the scene for my novel This Dark Servant.
I am not sure how regular this blog will be updated, but i think in various incarnations there are about four others scattered like collapsed stars in the darkest recesses of cyber space. But as with the launch of my new writing career, I will make this an exercise of passion and keep a detailed account of everything, not only the story, but of other elements of my life that help and hinder.
Did I mention Scrivener?
That is a nice piece of writing software that I like to use. I have been through all of it from Open Office to free to use YWriter. I like scrivener because it creates easily manageable notebooks and you can have two independent pages on screen at the same time, the whole thing is easy to organise for a computer inept like me.
Anyhow, July and August is being spent creating character profiles and chapter summaries. I am formulating my chapters with bullet points of events, then I will build on them from that.
One thing that seems to be happening is that the main character and protagonist is giving way to another who’s profile is looking better as I work on it, and even the back story is raising that second characters prominence so it looks like the initial protagonist won’t be the main character at just beyond the midway point. this character, Arrakash Yiddiru looks set to be the driving force in any follow up to this novel. So, what I intended as the main character might simply be a launch-pad for Arrakash’s future adventures.
That’s the great thing about fiction writing, you never know for sure how the characters are going to develop.
More to come.