For non-writers, that’s ‘work in progress’, by the way. And what better time than January to move on?
I have now redrafted eight chapters of TWE in first person and with a number of plot tweaks. I think I like it more than I did, but for now, (pace the odd competition) I don’t think I’m going to take it any further. I will be posting it on Authonomy to get some critical feedback, and should an agent or publisher appear on the horizon I’ll be chaining myself to the desk to finish it, but unless that happens it will be on the back burner, a project to pick up when other writing stalls.
Meanwhile Julia McCutchen has been talking about an ‘emerging vision’ and that’s what I now need to tackle. I make no apologies for being coy myself, especially as I’m still not quite sure what ‘the vision’ is, or what it may turn into. But I’ve got to the point where even if my goal isn’t clear, some practical work has to be done or it might never emerge at all and just rattle around in my head annoying me.
What is it? It’s certainly not a novel, (not now, not yet?) and may not even be fiction. I have actually made a start at writing it as a film script, because this is how it makes sense to me. It also frees me from doing more research and allows me to concentrate on action and dialogue. Since I have never learned or even considered screenwriting, this is a huge leap in the dark, but one that feels right for now. I’m even happy to think of it as a precursor to something else, as an artist might do a preliminary sketch before starting on the main canvas.
In time I may add some W.I.P. pages to the site . Anyone who’s interested in the background will get some clues from the new links in Current Research.
So, Happy New Writing Year!
And long live the WIP.