I hesitate at the edge, procrastinating, fearful about plunging into the deep, the real work of writing a book. I am surrounded by experts, published authors, stories already told.
But here I am at the precipice, ready to go deep into the story.
“Everyone has a book in them.” ~ Stan Smith (my father)
The preparation is done, and no more time to dally.
- I have read a lifetimes worth of books and can recognize great writing when I see it. Here are just a few that come to mind:
- The Overstory by Richard Powers
- Eucalyptus by Murray Bail
- Every Day in Tuscany by Frances Mayes
- Echoes of the Early Tides by Anthony Moore
- Chocolat by Joanne Harris
- Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
- I have read the books about writing.
- Writing Tools by Roy Peter Clark
- Writing Your Life by Patti Miller
- The Artists Way by Julia Cameron
- The Science of Storytelling by Will Storr
- I have completed some excellent courses.
- Start Writing Fiction by Future Learn
- 14 Days to a Solid Writing Habit by WritersHQ.UK
- The Artists Way course by Julia Cameron
- Welcome to Genealogy by the University of Glasgow via FutureLearn.
- I have done all of the research and planning in preparation for this book of fiction.
- All the research I completed in 2021 through the compilation of the family history book “The Mystery of Henry Bentley & Other Tales of the Bentley and Smith Families”. (My current work in progress and planned fictional book is not about Henry Bentley)
- I know the time, location, and characters.
- I want my story to have an evocative feeling where the landscape features strongly as a character.
- I have prepared the plot scenes and know the arc of the story.
- And now I have joined the local writers club hoping to find some impetus.
- Surrounded by published and accomplished authors.
- At my first session my aim was to dive into writing out the story – first attempt at the first draft. I wrote 1600 words of rubbish.
I have not been writing in this blog for a while.
- First there was the travel adventure around Australia where I concentrated my efforts on a bit of travel writing through Mick & Sue’s Aussie Adventure.
- Then last year I completed the family story and printed that tome for family.
- During February I have been trying to get my head to the task. I’m not sure that taking part in #FebFlourish on Instagram helped at all, except to add to my procrastination.
So, my plan now is to:
- Assign blocks of time for this writing adventure.
- Go over my notes.
- Do a bit more planning so I have a structure to write into.
- Aim for a number of words per session goal.
- Just start writing and try to get this first draft down.
- And maybe I should do the online courses offered by WritersHQ.UK
- Balance Your Writing Life that starts in March
- Editing 101 that starts in April