Friday, 25 August 2017

A New Story

Please don't die of shock, but I have a new story coming soon!!

All the details are still under lock and key...but I've written it and now I'm editing it...so that means it's almost real :)

But I'm still learning my writing process and it's a little frustrating to me. This is sort of what I do:
  • I have some general waffly idea
  • Characters appear
  • I do some blue sky work in my brain, throwing up and discarding ideas, mostly about the story or backstory
  • I begin to write and the characters start taking shape and telling me their story (I know that sounds weird)
  • I keep writing, and doubting, and thinking, and writing
  • I get to a point when I'm sure it's awful and I might send it to a few writer mates. Sometimes I'll know what's wrong, sometimes I need someone to tell me, sometimes discussing will shine lights
  • Then I go back and start fixing the mess I made until it's something I'm happy to submit (this is the part I hate the most because I'm so unsure of what I'm doing in this bit - am I making it better or worse!?)
  • Then edits come back and I like this part where I get to polish with someone's helpful prodding and expertise. Sometimes I have no recollection of some of the scenes or events, and that's a bit scary.

But that's kind of how I work.

And with this new story, I messed up the hero. I knew he was wrong, but not how he was wrong. So I sent him out to my mates and we worked out how he was wrong.

I submitted.

Edits come back - the hero is fine but the heroine is messed up! LOL! But she's nowhere near as messed up as the hero was initially - she's much more easily fixed.

And so I'm fixing. And relearning the story and the characters, and falling in love with their world all over again.

I can't wait to share more with you. Soon I hope!


Cath xox

3 comments:

Sue Gerhardt Griffiths said...

Hi Catherine,

loved reading your blog post, can't wait to hear more about the story you're writing. Now, you didn't mention if it's a rural romance or something else? Or is that under lock and key too? Lol.

Love that gorgeous beach photo!

Sue xoxo

Catherine said...

Hi Sue,
Sorry for huge delay - I've been away.

It's a hero and heroine who are from rural NSW (Grong Grong, near Narrandera) but are now living and working in Sydney. She's off a farm, he's from the town.

It's a romance.

So, I guess it's almost a rural romance! :)

Thanks for stopping by and being a great supporter.
Cath xox

Sue Gerhardt Griffiths said...

You're welcome, Catherine! and ooh, sounds good and so very happy that you're still writing. Love reading stories about places I've been to (Narrandera) and of course Sydney many many many times.

Hope you had a good time away! xoxo

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