(Warning: This blog post is about me.)
It was perhaps a bit ambitious.
I write like this: I capture an ‘idea-butterfly’ as it comes fluttering past, and I study it in detail. I study it by writing it; allowing it to go wherever it wants and then scrambling after to tie up the loose ends.
Not very academic, but hey – it makes for some fun, exciting stories.
So the first book, only around 61000 words, is done, dusted, polished, cover designed and ready for epublication. You will not see it in P’kaboo but in our e-publish-only site that launches 5th December.
So with more than 17 days left, I tackled a second novel.
I can probably fill it with 50 000 words (I put in about 24000 in the last 3 days), but – it’s, sorry, a crappy, limited little story that isn’t worthy. It has no story line. The idea butterfly of this one was tiny; it’s just enough for a short-story, really. The first 5 chapters are good and after that it flatlines.
Writer’s Block is when an author doesn’t know when to drop a bad story like a hot potato and try something new.
Maybe my daughter was right: I can’t write a vampire novel. It’s not my first attempt. But I find the genre so completely fished out and clicheed, I can’t get excited about it. So: Dropping it and leaving it to those who have better ideas – Marie: over to you!