Tuesday, April 04, 2017

where my head is


I'm not blogging so often these days and I want to explain.

I'm writing a new novel and my brain is full of that. It's not just about having less time for writing the blog, it's about where my head is between posts. When I'm not engaged in a new writing project, my brain freewheels and notices things and ponders things, and these things come out in the blog. But when I am writing fiction, and especially in the beginning phase of it (as now) my head is full of my new characters, of where the story is going, and where I want it to go. I'm planning the structure and wondering if it will work. 

I am in another place much of the time so that I wander round the garden and Dave says things like "Are you OK? What are you worrying about?" or "Is everything all right? You look distracted."

And I say -"I'm just thinking about my writing."

My emails are different, too. They are skimpier and straight to the point and don't contain observations and speculations and all the flim-flam they often do. All the energy is going into the book.

The other thing to say is that there is only so much quiet, undisturbed writing time in my world and at present I am pouring all of it into the book.

As far as the garden goes - my tulips have never flowered this early before. It's the beginning of April, for goodness sake! They're a whole month early. How crazy is that? 

5 comments:

Chris Snowdon said...

Minutes after reading your blog I came across this:

https://twitter.com/JohnRentoul/status/849193662382829568

which is taken from this:

https://www.theparisreview.org/interviews/6442/robert-caro-the-art-of-biography-no-5-robert-caro

I'm a great believer in serendipity.

Hope you are both well in spite of your Ts & Ts.

Sue Hepworth said...

Thanks for your comment, Chris. This looks very interesting...I will read it later. I normally do plot out a book carefully from start to finish, but I am using a different method this time.

Sue Hepworth said...

But what are Ts and Ts?

Chris Snowdon said...

Trials & Tribulations.
I was trying not to be flippant.

Sue Hepworth said...

Ah! Mystery solved!