The Space Between

Why have I not posted a single word for almost a month? The reasons are myriad, but the essence is this: I am frightened and I am lost. I finished the first draft of my screenplay and sent it to my friend. He read it and returned it with feedback. And then I wondered to myself: what am I going to do with it? And the answer was: nothing. Because that is the step that stinks of failure. If one never reaches out, tries for publication or pitches to a studio, one can never fail. I can store a library of books on my hard drive and pretend I'm an author, but in reality, it is all completely meaningless if I'm unwilling to risk. So, what did I do? I wrote down the plot for a new book. It's quite interesting - a young adult fantasy romp centred around the Post Office (trust me, it can be fun!). but, ultimately, it's just more running...
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Excuses – and what’s next

So, what happened? It was simple, really. I lost time, I lost weekends, I lost interest in anything that wasn't work or wedding-related. And now I have yet another unfinished project. The other major hiccup in my planning was my friend's glowing review of Good Omens, a book about a bunch of supernaturals who are anti-Apocalypse. Ringing any bells? This put a sword through the heart of my planning, particularly as Famine's grandiose plans seems perfectly in line with my Famine, and now I need to seriously revise the text if I want to make it viable. Also, read Good Omens. I keep wondering if I should try something shorter, or re-edit some of the unfinished manuscripts on my hard drive. I have two "complete" novels that need to be overhauled, several plots without a home, and another couple of stories that are about a fifth in and hanging. There's also the lure of screeplays, of which two beg to be written - Victorian Assassins...
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All Hallows Eve

Tonight would see the perfect time to write about the Apocalypse. Alas, it is a better time to watch a scary movie and eat pumpkin pie. NaNoWriMo officially kicks off at midnight, and I still have another chapter of novel to write up before I can even start racing along apace. Somehow, I think that my dream of 100,000 words before January 1st may be a pipedream. However, if I refind the muse tomorrow morning, I may be in with a chance. Now, where did I put that scythe?...
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Discovering your soundtrack

It's easier to write if you know what your work sounds like. From character voices to the escalation of violin strings as the blonde girl rounds the corner in the dark creepy house, sound is vital for scene-setting. So I like to have a soundtrack for everything I write, whether it's a specific playlist that never fails to make me sad or a themed soundtrack for my novel's genre. Yesterday, I had one song on That Apocalypse Novel's soundtrack - O Death by Jen Titus. Known as "that song from the Supernatural Season 5 trailer", it's hauntingly beautiful and captures the atmosphere of shady immortals doing dark deeds. Today, while browsing TotalFilm's 6 of the Best Film Homages in Music Videos (TotalFilm is like Wikipedia in that you start off with Monty Python and end up with Jared Leto - in this case, it only took two steps), I remembered my love affair with 30 Seconds to Mars. The lyrics aren't entirely...
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The Trouble with NaNoWriMo and the Apocalypse

You can't take half a novel into Nano. I understand the reason, and it's a good one - Nano's about a wild race to the finish, about tossing aside editing and caution, and just putting some words down to have words. Which is great. However, unless you're amazingly productive, hitting even 50,000 in a month is a tough job. I've done it twice and it was incredibly difficult to fit a full-time life around this epic task. So, if you want to write 100,000 words, what do you do? Maybe you try doing Nano over two months instead. Which did sound like a good idea in theory, but doing it without the support of your fellow caffeine junkies just isn't quite the same. Instead, I'm going for a Nano-style pace and irreverence, with the aim to have the whole thing clock in at 100,000 words before Christmas. So far, I have 10,000 words in MS Word and about another 5,000 words in a...
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