As ever, having got to the end of the W.I.P. (cunning plan abandonned!) the begining doesn’t feel right, and so I am rolling up my sleeves and wrestling with another draft. This one feels like much more like hard slog than a voyage of discovery, but more often than not, that’s the name of the writing game.
Since my energy for this is limited I’m taking time out to get some research done for my planned third novel – The Historical One.
Although I’m still inspired to tackle my subject, the idea of writing fiction about a group of real people (however dead!) is quite daunting, not to mention the problem of getting familiar with the minutiae of the period. This post from Second Wind is a good summary of how overwhelmed I feel.
So far I’ve collected lots of references and am trying to organise them using Refworks citation software. I’ve also set up a wiki to store (I think) weblinks relating to characters and background. I have even done some reading, although sadly this has done little more than demolished any ideas I had for a plot. Still, I feel I am now reaching Mastermind status on the theme of my ‘specialist subject’ so can only hope some good will come of it.
(Very) light relief has come along in the form of Twitter (I will not get addicted, I will not get addicted …)