It has been 5 years since I have written a novel. A lot has happened in those 5 years. I have got a degree, left school and started to pay tax (boooo). I can’t remember how I began writing ‘Written in the Stars’. I remember having a dream about the ending and writing it down in the dark. But somehow that ended up as a book written on my laptop. How?
I always assumed I did this consciously: that I thought ‘I will write a book now’ and then I just did. But perhaps I didn’t. Here I am, sure this blog will follow all the processes of being a writer and, somehow, I have missed out the most important part whilst it was going on infront of my nose. Writing.
You see reader, I have suddenly, out of nowhere, started to write my next book: ‘The Existence of Jonathan’. I’m loving it. This feeling is what I live for. The excitement of a blank screen and a head of ideas is, although largely mingled with terror, intoxicating. I wrote a chapter. Then another. And then some more, and now I can’t seem to stop. I am hooked.
I am still waiting to hear from agentville, but I’m filling my time in much better now. Jonathan is, so far, quite dark. I am trying to condence very adult issues into a YA book and it is very hard. I have the bones of a plot though, and I like it. I am starting to find a narrative voice now, one that I am trying to reduce down to almost fairytale. I’m beginning to get a clearer idea of John and his plight now too, and new threads of narrative have appeared halfway through writing something completely different. I love that. It is scary sometimes where my imagination can take me, but I’m enjoying the ride.
So far I have just ‘finished’ chapter 7. Of course, it is not ‘finished’ at all. But I have drawn the skellington and I will go back and flesh out the body later. My typing can be awful and not all my metaphors work. I can get carried away with imagery thinking: ‘Oh my, this is great’ and then read it back and be ashamed that I ever thought it was any good. Some of it needs burning, no one should write like that! But I am largely pleased with it all so far!
I just hope this agent, or at least someone out there, is willing to take a chance on me!