I’ve just finished writing a new short story.
I can spend days slogging away at a story, adding words and ideas, playing with points of view, but the good bit – the bit when I know the story’s going to be strong enough to go out into the world – is the moment when it comes alive and begins to write itself. From that point on I find, as I work and rework it, that there’s more in the story than I realised. The things I consciously wove into it are only part of it. It speaks about things, and makes connections, that I didn’t plan with my conscious mind, yet are unquestionably part of the design, like the details in a dream, which your own mind constructed, and yet whose meaning doesn’t immediately dawn on you, and is never completely clear.
It is a lovely feeling when this happens. I can’t think of many that are better. I feel sort of cleansed and redeemed, and just more alive as I go about my day. Sounds a bit over the top, I dare say, but that’s how it is, and it reminds me that writing these things really is more than just one of the things I do, but is a big part of what my life is all about.
You can’t force those moments though. In the meantime, you just have to keep trying, like a surfer who has to keep paddling out again and again, and heaving himself up again onto his board, before he catches a wave he can really ride.
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I know the feeling, Chris. Good to see you’ve got some new short work ready. I can’t wait to read it. I will also be first to pre-order “Dark Eden”. My interest is certainly at an all time high.
Thanks Carmelo, that’s most encouraging.
When did you order yours Carmelo, ordered mine on the 15th August 🙂 Is the short story going to Interzone Chris?
I hope so Phil. I’ll post the details when finalised.
Dark Eden through the post today, look great. Will you be doing any signings around Cambridge Chris?
Launch party at Heffer’s bookshop Cambridge on 26th Jan, Phil 6.30-8. Also doing some signing at Toppings’ Ely on 9th Jan 11 am. Nothing else planned as yet.