That Elusive Cure

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On connecting with your writing muse.

For six days a week I sit at the computer editing the wonderful stories of otherminds. On the seventh day I write for me. A whole day dedicated to the WIP and my own crazy mind.

To maximise production (and prevent writer’s block) I do as much prepping via thought as I can, either whilst emptying the dog, or when falling into dreamland. Storylines meander, scenes form, theme-related ideas pounce from every corner, and I jot them down and email them to myself so that when my day of writing arrives I’m ready to rock n roll with a week’s worth of ideas.

Yesterday, I took the Olster to a place we hadn’t been to since last August, when temperatures were often hitting 90. But now, mud, thick mud, floods, puddles streaking everywhere that gravity pulled them. And it was cold, foggy and deserted. But the Olster needs his runs so the partially flooded car park with raised islands of green seemed to be the best option. No cars. No other signs of life bar two squirrels, a magpie and rather large rabbit.

So, there was I, wanging the ball for the Olster again and again, in the miserable wet and cold, pondering the string possibilities for a paedophile priest, when it happened: that flare from the muse, sudden and bright and the images appeared in my mind and came to life without any direction from me. And the best of it all, the idea gifted was not for my own writing but for another mind, a novel I’m currently editing, a scene that the author is a little stuck on what to do with.

Warmed generously by this sudden visitation, eager to get home and email said stuck author, on the way back to the car a second flare exploded… a possible addition to another scene for said author.

Sometimes, the muse is obdurate, other times he plays along with a little effort from self, but occasionally he does all the work and shoots up that flare like a rocket and it explodes in your mind, a beautiful gift from within.

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I only wish I could have more rockets. Even one a day would be nice.

How often do you get flares from your muse?

Can you make ‘em happen? Cajole them along? Wheedle them out?

Pray tell.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Writing

 

Three months ago, my horror-story-of-mass-proportions work in progress, 25000 words in, came to an abrupt stop. The yuletide rush had begun, my busiest editing time of the year, and from then until now, my entire writing time would be devoted to editing novels ready for Christmas release. My WIP was still there though, in my head, simmering and

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bubbling and spewing the occasional golden geyser as I edited from genre to genre, ticking the boxes of commercial convention. My WIP was cooking, I realised, slow-cooking, and perhaps trying to change into something different. Sometimes, instead of golden geysers the sly old muse would throw up doubt, questions, opinions from another level. This is the story you always wanted to write, right? Then change the voice, alter the style, don’t do commercial, do YOU! Don’t hold back, tell it like it is. And so on. And on, and on. And now I’m feeling different about my WIP. Not that the 25000 words down are crap, no, not that at all… just that there’s a different way… a way that might just actually make the story I always wanted to write, my mark, into an unforgettable story of literary greatness.

But then again I’m not at all convinced I can pull that off. Can I compare someone’s sparking nerves as being like `forks in a microwave`, Mr Mitchell? Can I? I don’t know. Maybe it’s because my day job sees me reading commercial fiction in every genre and the conventions are sticking within me like neural guideposts, or maybe it’s because I haven’t got the balls/skill to really nail that elusive jump in voice from commercial storytelling to minimalistic yet mind-blowing wordsmithery. I don’t know. But what I do know is that the enforced three-month hiatus has done wonders for the WIP, has brought a few real gems from the simmering pot, and in the new year when I can once again devote one day per week to it, my story will be better than before. Whether I’ll have the balls to shove cutlery in the pinger, I don’t know, but I’ll have fun trying.

So, this year’s writing tip is take a step back, a break, allow your words to cook while you do/write something different and the resulting gems and metamorphosis might surprise you.

May your Christmas be fun and your new writing prosperous.

Up yer bum!

Johnny.

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Bye Kimi

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That’s Kimi. I’m packing her off for a while.

Before I taped her mouth up and shoved her in the case, here’s how it went…

It was a deathly day some months ago. Deathly grey, deathly dire, people I knew were ill and dying, and I had an itch, an itch to change direction.

I was alone when the itch came, editing a gruesome short about false love and devotion. Kimi was there, in the gloomy wings, as per always.

“I’m going nowhere,” she said, because of course she knew my thoughts before I did. “What happened to your book three idea, the one where I finally get a proper mission?”

“You’re sorry?” Now she was sitting on the dining table, legs swinging.

She looked let down, sad.

“An adult novel? God.”

Silence.

Brooding.

Staring at the floor.

She raised her pretty head and looked at me, a serious look, (which she always found hard to do). “If I had one wish…” She paused for dramatic effect. “…It would be…”

I raised an eyebrow, blinked, smiled, nodded, then grinned, because I knew she hated verbiage overload.

“Twat!” she said, puckishly, so I raised both eyebrows and nodded some more. She gave a slight smile.

“If I had one wish, boss, it would be that there was none of the censorship stuff, no stupid ratings, and that kids were encouraged to find literature, to discover, to learn, and to grow, not just as great humans but some as great writers, too.”

Kimi was beginning to sound like me.

“I do trust you,” she said. “I understand that kids will get their hands on whatever it is they want to read even if it means sneaking a torch under the bedclothes, but they miss out when so much is hidden away from them.”

“What do you mean you’ll be dead soon? Crap a corpse, boss, that’s just ridiculous. Stop feeling sorry for yourself. If you really want to write an…” she made rabbit-ear fingers and twitched them, “…`adult novel`, that’s cool, but you could easily write my next adventure at the same time.”

Now her eyes were wet. This was hard.

“Can I at least be in your new book? A whatchacallit… cameo?”

“See what you can do? SEE. WHAT. YOU. CAN. DO? You can do anything you want, isn’t that what you always say?”

“Why can’t you promise? I’m not happy about this stasis thing. I’ve got good stories in me, boss. Really good stories. And what about the fans, thousands of them bought my books – thousands. Not to mention the thousands more you stupidly gave away. You are throwing away a golden egg.”

That made me laugh.

“What’s it about, this new book without me?”

I saw the dead, the dying, the liars the gullible and the manipulators, the torture, the lust and abuse, and I saw in my mind’s eye flashed snippets of scenes waiting to be written of hurt and harm and the rotten dead amid autumnal settings, rich golds, mushrooms and intense brambles on the edge of decay. And crows.

“So what if there’s crows in it. How thrilling,” Kimi said. “Exactly how long am I going away for?”

I cringed – she screamed.

Tears came next, great hacking snuffles. Brought a tear to my eye, I can tell you.

“I hu-hope it’s not going to bu-be rude trashy stuff,” she sobbed.

“Good,” she said when I thought another promise.

“You won’t forget me, will you?”

How could I? Kimi’s adventures were as fresh in my mind as the day they were written, and the ideas for more were piled high and clamouring. Of course I would never forget.

“Well, I wish you luck,” she said. “And let me read it first before anyone else.”

“Course I will. I promise,” I said out loud and the dog looked at me funny.

“I don’t want you making a fool of yourself.”

“But your new book sounds cool.”

Bless her.

 

 

 

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