A quick note on a long thing I’m writing…

I really need to blog more. Here’s me, then, blogging. It’s short but, you know, baby steps…

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I’ve been writing and discarding short stories for ages now. Crippling self-doubt and an infuriating need for stuff I write to be absolutely, 100%, pitch perfect on scales both micro and macro mean that I have created a fistful of pieces that I’m quite happy with but, regretfully, I just don’t have the cojones to send out.

So, with that in mind, about six months or so ago I started writing a short novel. For whatever reason, ideas tend to hit me at silly o’ clock in the morning. This is an issue because typing on a bright screen at 4AM is probably bad on a whole host of levels. I also don’t like the idea of loudly battering away at the keys while the P.G.O.A.T lies sleeping soundly through the canvas curtain between lounge and bedroom. All of this leads me into saying that writing this has been a long process for me, undertaken in short bursts and with various new arcs or ideas constantly forming and distracting me.

Nevertheless, I now have ~25,000 words total and perhaps half of them I can say I’m definitely okay with. 

I’m toying with the idea of publishing the first chapter fairly soon. I hope that by making this little memo public it will force me to go after and spear my white whale, the ‘publish’ button (sadly, not white, but blue. C’est la vie). 

TBC.

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Currently reading: Mishima’s Sword, Eyeless in Gaza and The Luminaries.

 

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About

I work on the social media team at The Sun.

I’m also in charge of campaigns, social & communities at Wannabe Hacks.

I read an awful lot of books. I write about them here. If you wish to talk to me more about them, come to London Book Club).

I occasionally write short stories and I’m ever-so-slowly working on a novella.

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