Monthly Archives: July 2017

Wrestling With Werner Herzog

24,000 words.

An amount which seems like so much but also, at the same time, seems to little as well. It’s not even halfway.

I am firmly at the stage right now when the whole thing seems like a complete misadventure. If I’d have written this as a ninety minute script then I’d probably have done a first draft by now and be onto rewriting a second version. I’d have typed THE END at least once. It would have existed as a full text. I would currently be thinking about how to pitch it as a small, easily made sci fi movie.

Instead I am far too deep in to quit now, I’ve already described all the locations we’re going to visit (a symptom of this story originally being designed to be an easily filmed ninety minute sci fi movie) and I have one character who was only added to the planning stage to provide a small chunk of comic relief actually now having a fully blown part of the story that does seem to make him the most human of all the characters.

Also, if I’d made the script then there would be no guarantee that anybody would pick it up. At least as a book I can publish it myself if needs be. Trust me, the outside world is getting the chance to read this one somehow.

Which is strange because he’s almost all alien.

Such are the people I’m dealing with here.

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A Contraption Of Light Tubes

It’s a frustrating thing when you get through one chapter and everything is going smoothly and with pace. You close the computer down for the night thinking that the next day will see you pick up from exactly the same point and bomb away exactly as you were.

Then, the next day, you get about four words in and think to yourself ‘What exactly were these two characters doing again?”.

Then everything falls to bits.

Any others writers out there sometimes find that they’re struggling for an ‘exit’ out of a chapter? Currently I have two characters just waffling on whilst eating scrambled eggs in an American diner that happens to be situated in a Scottish town.

I’ve perhaps overdone this one.

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It Might Look Like A Robot But It’s Still A Car

I wasn’t even planning on getting that many words done today. Even 500 or so would have been an accomplishment on a Sunday. My wife and son went off to watch Despicable Me 3 at the local cinema though so I managed to get a couple of hours at it whilst they were away. In the end I got 1000 words done so I’m now up to 23,000 at the end of Chapter 13.

Chapter 13, detailing the first character to meet the alien under the water, goes full on Doctor Who like territory. There’s nothing truly bad about that but the story up until now has been about a missing girl. This is obviously a very serious and sombre matter. This is the moment in the book when we go full on scifi and I’m still not sure that those two things clash horribly. There’s a part of me wanting to tone that side down a bit but the rest of me just reckons that my writing of the strange stuff is actually far better than writing the normal stuff. When I can inject a bit of imagination into events then I feel much more comfortable writing it as well.

It seems a very strange balance to have.

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