It has been a while since my last post, which is not through my inactivity on the writing front I can assure you. I’ve simply been short of work I wanted to post into the public domain as I have been focussing heavily on my ongoing story and spending little time working on anything else. I’m about 4000 words in now and to be honest, not a great deal has happened yet! I think it’s safe to say that I am no longer writing a short story, but also based on my original plot outline it seems to me that I would fall short of a novella. I’m not overly fond of the idea of creating something that falls in between the two, so after a great deal of thought last night (and also a bit of inspiration from watching the final episode of Game of Thrones S10..), I have made the decision to revise my original idea slightly, expand the character list and introduce another location to the mix. My estimate now is that I should be landing somewhere in novella territory and if combined with a second story that is already being chalked out on slate by the overworked hamsters that reside in my mind, could well form a novel. It’s a bit ambitious as this is really my first foray into the world of creative writing, but I’m very much enjoying the process and feel that as my writing skills improve, I have ample time to review and re-draft until my heart’s content (namely the rest of my life).
Last week’s session at college was also very motivational for me, as it was the first time that I was called upon to read my work out loud to the others. As I was already 3000 words into my story at the time, I anticipated reading a small excerpt. Tutor Gaby however kept on scrolling.. until I had read the whole thing. To say I was nervous is an understatement, as doing something like this really puts you out there for others to assess. I can’t say that I exactly read with the soothing tones of James Alexander Gordon, stumbling over my words and seriously doing my characters no justice with my stuttering Black Country accent. The feedback however, was superb. The general consensus was that they enjoyed hearing it and that although it is based in a sci-fi universe, the fact that it seems to be more about the characters than OTT sci-fi, it could be received by a wider audience. Perhaps the biggest compliment was from Mark, who asked me not to reveal too much about the plot outline, as he wanted to find out what happened in the natural course of the story. Having not written anything creative since A-Level (best man speech last year aside), to receive positive feedback from an audience was exactly the motivation I needed to kick on with writing.
So I continue! After meeting the characters Reefe and Lowena in the first chapter, this time we will be introduced to the captain of the not-so-beautiful star ship Bliss, Donil Shear. I may try and do a bit of work on the prologue too, which I have now realised is necessary, although I am considering leaving this until the very end. Much like I am doing with the title.