Well, it’s the end of another week, and I feel like it has been a positive week in terms of writing. I got my writing practice done on the specified days, wrote two long blog posts, and tinkered with a fanfic I’ve had on my laptop for a while – an idea that has been lurking around for about two years, and I keep coming back to it and fiddling with it late at night, when my imagination is most active. Maybe one day I’ll finish it, but if I don’t, I don’t mind, It’s a useful way to try out ideas without making a public mug of myself!
The writing practice is starting to generate little vignettes around a particular character I’m working with, something I’ve never done before. I’m exploring her thoughts, her feelings, her environment. I’m taking my time to get to know her. I don’t know if she is going to turn into something bigger, or if she is just a testing ground for what comes next. It doesn’t really matter. There’s no pressure in my writing practice. The point is to just write. For 20 minutes or three A4 pages. Twice a week. And that’s all.
Surprisingly, what is coming out feels like a new voice, one I tried out by reading a couple of passages to my writers group on Wednesday. These are my writing pals who I go on retreat with every year, and they know my work from way back, as I know theirs. The reaction was positive. So I feel hopeful, motivated to continue with this meditative exploration.
At the same time, I’m continuing to thrash my way through Umberto Eco’s magnificent novel of semiotics, ‘The Name of the Rose.’ It’s a whopper! I’m finding it is definitely feeding through into my writing, as I am thinking about expressing ideas through objects, through the meaning those objects communicate, a kind of oblique way of approaching plot or character, but it is intriguing to try out. No doubt more on this in the future.
Next week I am off to Oxford to help with clearing out my late mother-in-law’s home. It’s a slow process, and an emotionally tough one, but we are getting there, and some intensive time at the coal face will help. I am interested to see how well my creative recovery tools translate into that environment, working with my sister-in-law in close quarters, and out of my normal routine. I may end up not managing my writing practice, or even my journaling, or perhaps just jotting down a few ideas as lists as I go through the week. I’m not putting too much pressure on myself about it, though. If I get the work done, fine. If not, its also fine.
Being away does mean, however, that I won’t be able to post next week as usual, as I won’t have access to wifi. Never mind. I’ll be thinking of you, I promise, and I’ll post the second part of my reading reboot series before I go, so that you can get to grips with my reading habit promoters while I’m away. I hope you find them as useful as I have.
In the meantime,