I have been stuck with almost zero free time of late. Even my weekends have been spent out of town working, far away from my computer. But I have not let that stop me.
I had been struggling with the start of The House of Broken, but after an epiphany a few weeks back I realised what the problem was and I mentally prepared to start writing again but lacked the time.
Not wanting to waste all this sudden motivation I decided to take it old school. With notebook and pen I’ve been scribbling notes every free moment I could find.
I only hope I can still read my writing when I find the time to type it up.
So I just started over on my first draft of The House of Broken for the third time. Decided to begin the story a little bit earlier. I was finding the the setup very awkward and it was making me cringe.
Hopefully this will be the last time and all my problems will be solved, or at least some of the big ones.
Though I do like big red buttons.
It has been a few years since I started Coffee, Cats and An Act of Murder. At the time I had a vague idea of where I was going and just started writing and hoped for the best. But since that first draft it has been a process of refining a world that I’ve come to know quite well.
So when I sat down to start writing The House of Broken I felt like I was just rambling on with no idea what I was doing and no sense of where I was trying to go. It has been so long since I have started a story I forgot how weird it can be.
I start with a concept and some characters but we have only just become acquainted, we barely known each other. And yes I have a bit of a storyboard planned out, but I find too much detail stifling.
Also it doesn’t help when life gets in the way and I end up ignoring it for a few months. At this point I think I would be best to start again. I had only written less than 1000 words so I am not losing that much.
Between work and study I have had little energy for writing lately. I am planning/writing what should be my next major story, the first book of the series is currently name The House of Broken. The plan for today is to edit the next episode of Cats and Cauldrons though I think I require more coffee before I start.
Also I have written a new short story as part of the writing challenge I run with my students so once I have given it a quick edit I will post it up.
For now I shall make a coffee in the biggest mug I have and settle in to edit Cats and Cauldron: What is Written. And if that goes well I may write some more on The House of Broken, but more likely I will play some Tomb Raider.