Sunday, 17 January 2010

Weekend Work-Out

Okay, so I may need to come up with a new title if I get any brainwaves, but for now weekends shall be known on this blog as work-out weekends. That is, weekends where I shall work things out. Work out where my writing is going, what needs fixing, changing, what I want to do in the future.

Today, I shall share with you what I worked out the other day: I want to write a prequel to Family Portrait/Snap Shot/Camera Shy. I know, it may seem as though I'm a little obsessed with this set of characters, but I really want to write about the main adult (Ella) in FP as a teenager. A lot happened to her as a kid, including an unplanned pregnancy and then adoption of that baby, and so I think it'll be really interesting to run with that story. It may seem as an easy option, as the characters are already set out, but I've decided I'm just gonna write it an see how it turns out =]I really want to get to know the character of Ella more before I write Camera Shy, and this seems like the perfect way.

I also need to find time to edit Oh, Brother, which I shall be doing soon hopefully - once my exams are finished. That one will be a stand alone book - I'm not totally obsessed with sequels and prequels!

Now, I need a title for that prequel... =]

Monday, 4 January 2010

Writing resolutions

So, I am a uselss blogger, but I plan to make 2010 the year I rectify that. At some point I'm going to sort out a blogging schedule for this blog, but for this post I shall apologise (sorry!) and do a quick update on my writing progress and my writing resolutions for the year =]

So, at present I have written thre books, all in various draft stages. Family Portrait is on draft six; Snap Shot is on draft two; and I'm currently doing the first round of edits on Oh, Brother. I'm really pleased with the way it turned out - especially considering I ended up writing it in 22 days! Still, it needs work of course. I've also started writing Camera Shy, the third in the Family Portrait/Snap Shot trilogy (I really need some overarching term for that - the *something* trilogy) although I know I need to polish the others and stop starting new things!

So, my New Year's Resolutions for writing:

1. Blog more. Yes, I need to keep it more up-to-date - I enjoy it, it's just finding the time!
2. Polish up the finished drafts I have, with the aim of having one ready this year to query.

So, I hope you all had a good Christmas, and Happy New Year to you all! I shall be blogging again soon!