Today I was looking through the drafts that I had put together for this blog and noticed the next one was due to be called, “Finding the Time to Write’. I then looked at the last post I had written and saw that it was in May, three-months ago. Would Alanis sing about it being ‘Ironic?’
This made me think about why I’d neglected to write any posts and I came up with two reasons. Widows being one. I’m currently writing my third novel and it’s been my most pleasurable so far. I’m 78,000 words into draft one and despite it being 6 weeks overdue I do have a good excuse.
Widows’ United, is the story of five women who meet at a widows forum and become firm friends. They form their own club – hence the name – and together they support each other through their first year of losing their husbands. There’s lots of humour within the chapters and some surprises and dark secrets too.
I think I’ve enjoyed writing this story because it has been my first time moving away from a first person narrative; I think when you’ve spent most of your writing career as a monologue producer and playwright and a magazine features writer, you do develop a more insular, singular way of writing regarding the POV.
So why the delay? What’s my excuse?
We’ve had our old roof replaced which has meant weeks of scaffolding up around the house casting shadows inside that made it similar to living in a cave. Creative writing is difficult with workmen clattering around above your head as they fit new slates. We’re also in the process of having all the doors and windows replaced so we’ve got draughty open spaces, more workmen and a barking dog that hates all the disruption. None of which are conducive to allowing your imagination to run riot.
Is it a valid excuse? I’m not sure. I could have sloped off maybe and found myself a table in the corner of a café or maybe a park bench, but as I require a specific set up perhaps that wouldn’t have worked.
So all said, The scaffolding is down, the roof is now complete and I’m thrashing away with just twelve chapters to write before the first draft is finished – then the hard work starts.
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