A new story

• December 10th, 2011 • Posted in All posts, My favourite posts, Story-telling

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.


7 comments on “A new story”

  1. Carmelo Rafala says:

    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.

  2. Poppy BB says:

    Beautifully explained

  3. Chris says:

    Thanks Carmelo, that’s most encouraging.

  4. Phil Ackerman says:

    When did you order yours Carmelo, ordered mine on the 15th August 🙂 Is the short story going to Interzone Chris?

  5. Chris says:

    I hope so Phil. I’ll post the details when finalised.

  6. Phil Ackerman says:

    Dark Eden through the post today, look great. Will you be doing any signings around Cambridge Chris?

  7. Chris says:

    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.

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