So! Good morning, dear friends, good morning. I’m feeling a little lightheaded, probably because it’s about ten past eight and I’m already writing a blog post.
I’m writing a novel right now. I know! Terribly exciting, isn’t it? I’d forgotten how much fun writing was – it’s been ages since I wrote anything new. Properly, that is. I’ve been editing for goodness knows how long, and then I tried to start something but it petered out after less than ten thousand words, and I’ve just been stuck without writing…
But now I have a novel.
Let me give you the background of this novel. It’s the sequel to Watching, which is the one of which I have proof copies. It doesn’t have a title but tends to alternate between being called ‘Death and Fairies Book Two’ and ‘The Sequel’. That’s it’s name on the backup – The Sequel BACKUP. Well, you never know…
I’m not entirely sure what’s going to happen. That is, I know the main plot, and I know what needs to happen, but I don’t know the exact ending and I’m not really sure who’s behind this big conspiracy because I haven’t got that far yet. I’m not sure they exist, to be honest. They’ll turn up in the end.
The main character is Alys, who’s the younger sister of the main character in Watching. Since most of the main characters in Watching died, I’m on a backup cast – Alys, Leah and Cormac. On top of this bunch of oldies, I’ve got some new people in to play the other roles, including a very stubborn character, Bronwyn.
(Those of you that follow me on Twitter will know that I was having a huge amount of difficulty naming her the other day. She’s called Bronwyn, but I doubt she’ll keep that name forever.)
Now, the book’s not exactly cooperating. I’ve done around 30,000 words, and I’m not sure whether any of it’s any good. And then I’m not sure if it’s going to be in two parts. If it is, where should the climax of the bit in my head go? How long is this going to be? I have no idea! I’m beginning to think I should have worked this out before I started, but that’s not really my style.
What’s more, my characters are being incredibly disobedient. Actually, that’s not really fair. Bronwyn’s being incredibly disobedient. I spent so long trying to get her to tell me her name, and now that she has it’s just getting worse. She may or may not have a crush on Alys. I know. This is a YA book, my parents might read it, it’s not the sort of thing I want to write … and more to the point, I know that Protagonists often fall in love with Antagonists, but it’s not usually the other way around, right?
I’m sure that’ll sort itself out soon.
Anyway, I have to go, but I thought I should tell you about my new book that I’m writing so that my recording my progress does not seem weird (as it would if you had no idea what I was talking about). I hope I didn’t bore you too much…
Yes, I am very much following Spook’s motto: do unto your characters the most deranged things possible. After all, Alys has just spent a month unconscious and is discovering that she was rather more ill than she thought…
She gave me a brain tumour~ Alys)
Now now, Alys, don’t tell lies. It’s not good for you.
(It’s not a lie! I’m telling the truth! ~Alys glares at the Readers~ Don’t listen to her!)
Readers, please ignore my rather vocal characters. I’m sure you know what it’s like, having characters that lie about you the entire time.