This week I wrote each day. I am pleased with the progress I have made on my WIP (work-in-progress). There are nineteen chapters (at the moment) and the story I outlined in January is closer to completion. I have edited about half the chapters, have one to finish, and one that might be deleted or changed in some way. The outline I wrote has been helpful in finding my way to this point. I hope to have the completed first draft of the novel finished by the end of this year and in January I will do a final edit. Christmas celebrations with my family and friends will slow the writing down. When the final draft is finished I will send it to the publisher in early February and keep my fingers crossed. I will then work on the television proposal with Dave Sabben. The siren song of another story is calling me although I am not sure if this will be the one I will write. The story will be set in Australia (as part of my WIP is) and will not be a time-split novel (as my WIP is) but set in one historical period. It will be based on a true story that I came across some years ago. The threads of the story have stayed with me since this time. I will need to research the historical facts and also visit the area where the story is set to take photographs and visit dwellings. I won’t discuss the story itself as I don’t want anyone to influence how I go about writing this story. Once I start the writing of it I will document my journey here. I will take several empty notebooks with me when I travel. I have six large notebooks of notes for my WIP. I don’t look at them I am writing but I will skim through them when I finish the final draft in case some gem of forgotten information is hidden there that I can use. When I start my research I read widely from contemporary diaries and novels and biographies set in the period. It is a constructive period of osmosis and the information surfaces as needed when I am writing. Someone once said (Lytton Strachey?) that they needed three lives: one for leisure and friends and family, one for reading, and one for writing, how true! Good writing to everyone…Best, Elise
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I progressed with my WIP (work-in-progress) this week. Not as far along the journey as I would have liked and good intentions were lost due to unexpected family commitments. I find the first draft the most difficult (as I am sure most writers do). I planned each chapter before I started and this helped. Of course I veer off the path and change some of my original ideas. They go out the window if they don’t move the story forward. I’m hoping to finish the first draft by the end of the year. Because I have the outline I can work on chapters in any order. Writing is my priority. I plan my day to suit my writing and not the other way around. If you want to write why watch television? Switch it off! Why do you need to do a million other things and fit writing around them? I know someone who goes overseas and writes for two weeks a year. That suits him but he’ll never finish the novel he is working on. That we need a balanced life is true, time for friends and family and exercise and reading. It’s not difficult to put aside an hour a day to write. That means seven hours a week. Write five hundred words a day and it soon adds up. More importantly it becomes a habit. A problem for a lot of writers is the Internet; research outside writing time. Check emails twice daily. If you are on Facebook or Twitter (or both) look at them once a day. Each week for the next few Sundays, as well as a progress report on my WIP I’ll give you a route map for your book. Lots of helpful writing tips, hopefully I’ll re-absorb some of these tips myself! Nothing has happened with the television proposal. It’s the time of the year when the publishing industry slows down with people taking holidays and Christmas celebrations and parties coming to the fore. Dave Sabben, my co-author, is on his way to Vietnam and will be away for a week. He was one of the commanders at the Battle of Long Tan and he will be doing a real-time battlefield tour with a group of cadets. His first novel is Through Enemy Eyes’ a ‘faction’ story where the ‘fiction’ is in the characters of the VC and NVA leaders but as much as possible of the rest of the story is fact. Currently in its second print. He is also one of the seven contributing authors to The Battle of Long Tan as told by the Commanders to Bob Grandin a factual account of the battle. The book went into a reprint within 12 months of its release. Currently in its fourth print. Good writing to everyone, I’m going to have a coffee and get back to my WIP, Cheers Elise
I have been working on my WIP (work-in-progress), a novel, since my last blog in February. I have spent many hours researching. The novel is set in two different time periods and three main locations: the 1940’s to 1950’s and 1968, in Queensland, New South Wales and Northern California. I have one chapter set in Northern California, and the history and the beauty of the area has taken root in me. I imagine Indians, grubstake gold miners, and the dust from wagon trains rolling westward. I have not studied American literature although I have read it. Recently I read Annie Proulx, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, and I have a Flannery O’Connor biography by Brad Gooch on my bedside table waiting to be read. Another favourite book is Crossing to Safety a novel by Wallace Stegner. I also recently read Z, A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald, and Caleb’s Crossing, (written by Australian author Geraldine Brooks) which won the Pulitzer Prize. It is the story of a young Native American man from Martha’s Vineyard. I have fallen in love with American literature all over again. I have also taken on a project with a friend, writer and author Dave Sabben. You can check his website out at http://www.sabben.com .We are writing a television proposal. I will write about the proposal on this blog this coming Sunday. I know feel my novel is at the stage where I can take time out to write about a writer’s life, good writing (and reading) Elise.