Friday, September 28, 2007

The "Moon Crater" Write-Up, Week # 17 - "Lost for words..."

# "Closing time... Time for you to go back to the places you will be from" # - Semisonic


This was my grand plan back in May this year:
"...to finish the novel I've been working on for about 8 years over a period of 5 months! All of the planning, plotting and preparation is over, it's time to just get down and write the blighter! Hopefully along the way I’ll be able to pass on some tips for other first-time writers as I discover them myself! So with a working title of Moon Crater, this is my week-to-week experience of its creation to complete-draft stage..."

When I look at my writing output over the past year, I often find myself thinking back to when I was interviewed for the MA course in Creative Writing I did a few years ago. The head tutor asked if I was prepared to “Write in your lunch breaks and any spare five minutes you have like other struggling writers?” At the time I said I was, but during the time of that course and for a little while after, I have to admit that I wasn't that kind of writer. I was more of a "fairweather artist" - liking to look like I was a writer but actually not really getting down to putting pen to paper or fingertips to keyboard on a regular basis....

Monday, September 24, 2007

The "Moon Crater" Write-Up, Week # 16 - The End of the End... (an "epi pen" required?!)

# "This is a list of what I should have been but I'm not..." # - Counting Crows

The grand plan: to finish the novel I've been working on for about 8 years over a period of 5 months! All of the planning, plotting and preparation is over, it's time to just get down and write the blighter! Hopefully along the way I’ll be able to pass on some tips for other first-time writers as I discover them myself! So with a working title of Moon Crater, this is my week-to-week experience of its creation to complete-draft stage... Chris G. Allan (May to Sept ‘07)




3 things that I've achieved this week with my writing:
* I’ve finished writing the novel that first came to me 8 years ago!
* I’ve also in the process fulfilled an ambition that’s now 5 years old!
* I’ve revisted an ongoing co-operative story from 2 years ago!

A sentence from the new "Moon Crater" chapter:
"Here you will rest forever and and a monument to you will be erected, so those you have inspired from this new generation may journey here to find their own peace..."

Friday, September 21, 2007

The "Moon Crater" Write-Up - Week # 15 - "The Ultimate Penultimate..."

# "You still don't like to leave before the end of the movie..." # - Cake

The grand plan: to finish the novel I've been working on for about 8 years over a period of 5 months! All of the planning, plotting and preparation is over, it's time to just get down and write the blighter! Hopefully along the way I’ll be able to pass on some tips for other first-time writers as I discover them myself! So with a working title of Moon Crater, this is my week-to-week experience of its creation to complete-draft stage... Chris G. Allan (May to Sept ‘07)


3 things that I've achieved this week with my writing:
* I've brought the main story to a close for the main characters!
* I've prepared and almost finished the introduction to a new story!
* I've devised a story arc for a feathered friend I met a while ago!

A sentence from the new "Moon Crater" chapter:
Jo lowered her mobile, looking at the newspaper article, and said, "So, are you going to go for it? You'd be a sure thing, you know!"


Tuesday, September 04, 2007

The "Moon Crater" Write-Up Week # 14 - "What's in a name?"

# "I can always change my name if that's what you mean" # - Counting Crows

The grand plan: to finish the novel I've been working on for about 8 years over a period of 5 months! All of the planning, plotting and preparation is over, it's time to just get down and write the blighter! Hopefully along the way I’ll be able to pass on some tips for other first-time writers as I discover them myself! So with a working title of Moon Crater, this is my week-to-week experience of its creation to complete-draft stage... Chris G. Allan (May to Sept ‘07)


3 things that I've achieved this week with my writing:
* I’ve written the penultimate twist in the novel's story!
* I’ve discovered different times of the day are great for writing!
* I’ve extended my current writing poll for more reader input!

A sentence from the new "Moon Crater" chapter:
“It’s you I’ve come to see actually, Gordon… I’ve got a message for you from Robert...”