Monday, 7 October 2013

Scribbling in progress

I probably don’t write about my non-blog writing as much as I should, but I will henceforth try to do better! Call it a three-quarters of the way through the year resolution.

Right now I’m working on a Christmas-themed short story for an anthology (more on that once it’s complete) and the glorious mess that is my F/F romance novella. I’m making erratic progress with both, so – all being well – you might see new stuff by The World’s Slowest Writer in the near future. Whee!

To restate some of what I said here, writing a longer-form story is really proving challenging for me. Fun and exciting and liberating, of course, but definitely also challenging. My comfort zone is the short story, and I think that type of writing really suits my approach (such as it is). But I think the process of writing a longer piece is itself making me a better writer: it’s making me stretch myself, think about things in a different way, re-examine my craft and the decisions I make. And of course there is just so much more room: more textures, more layers, more space for the characters and the text itself to breathe.

As I said in opening, I’ll try to keep you updated with my progress and share snippets to build your fevered anticipation... like a proper writer! :D

Completely different subject, but after two and a half years I’ve finally spruced my blog up a bit :) Isn’t it shiny? I hope you like it. The header is an actual photo of my writing desk, and the pink bits at the sides are the contents of my head. Best not viewed with a hangover.

8 comments:

  1. Ooh, your new layout is purdy! I'm pretty sure that if I were to lick your wallpaper - and even I'm not that much of a pervert - it would taste of strawberry Angel Delight. :)

    You can be the World's Slowest Writer if I can be Mr Last Minute. Too often my blog stories end up getting treated like my college assignments did - it's 4am, and this has to be completed in the next five hours, and have I written five thousand words yet?

    I'm very impressed that you're tackling longer fiction - that implies grown-up stuff like plotting and pacing and character development (shudders). Sooner you than me, but I look forward to seeing the end result!

    xx

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    1. Thank you for such a sweet comment, Mr Last Minute :) Though you're a very naughty boy!

      Angel Delight, lol :D It does look just that colour, doesn't it?

      And I am indeed wrestling with all those tricky writing things (and more) - I just hope my story pleases when it's finally ready xx

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  2. You're so cute. I love your new look and the contents of your head. I expected more strangeness… ;)

    You're a terrific writer and I'm looking forward to your new stuff.

    x

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    1. :)

      Thanks, Natasha :) I think the world of you (as a writer and in every other way) so your praise means a lot!

      And I can promise a whole lot more strangeness, don't worry :D xx

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  3. Me too, penny.always love your work!

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    1. Thank you, Mr X! You are sweet :)

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