Back on track

Finally I have finished a scene. It seems to have taken me about a month to finish one chapter which has really been annoying me. I’m not sure why, but it just did. I had to go back and write a scene explaining something about one of my characters, which meant writing a scene 14 a. when I was up to about scene 19. Combined with lots of travel and work commitment this really sauntered along at the speed of slug. Got there in the end, but much too slowly and as a result didn’t feel right. There’s something much more satisfying about writing quickly even if the end result turns out to be a load of c**p.

I surprised myself yesterday by picking up the end of scene 19 and finishing it off in half an hour from a cold start – i.e. I didn’t even read through the preceding part of the scene. Perhaps it was the release of tension I felt by writing something that wasn’t scene 14 a!

11th April – Editing Alt Hist and Looking for a market for Chivalry

Over half way through editing Alt Hist, which is coming together nicely at the moment. Had a two week hiatus because of work commitments that also affected work on Hell has its Demons, but should be back on track now.

I’m still looking for an outlet for my short story Chivalry, which I really think is one of my best yet. Wondering about Dark Horizons as a possible venue – no money, but I’ve heard its a really good publication, and it used to be edited by Stephen Theaker, who published my story Bird Talk in Theaker’s Quarterly Fiction. Worth a try I think!