It’s a long, muddy, foggy road… the writing of a novel!
While I’ve been writing Purple Road, I’ve been trying to ‘better’ myself at the writing game.
I’m not sure if you know my history, but I wrote Red Dust on a whim. I had an idea and I wrote it down. I didn’t and still don’t, have any formal qualifications, when it comes to writing.
I wrote a book that I would like to read and I still write like that.
But my parents taught me to always do the best job possible. That’s why I’m trying to improve on what I’ve done before. To help in this, I’ve had some wonderful conversations with like-minded people; Angela Slater , Kim Wilkins, Nicole Alexander, my editor, (whom is my rock), Siobhan, my dearest friend ever, Carolyn and my newest dear friend (who is about to have her book published with Random House) Margareta… the list goes on.
What I have discovered with this novel, is that it has three layers.
The first one is the setting – the farm, the trucks, the small country town.
The second is the plot – I know you would think this would be first, but in this case, it’s second, although it’s very important.
The third, is the characters, the emotions.
So when you think about all these together, how to interweave them all, how mesh them all together, well, that’s the interesting thing. I guess we’ll see how in pans out, when you all read Purple Roads, but I’m trying my best to put the best book out there.
Matt, Anna, Sam, Kate, Jimmy, Greg, Lacey, Ian, Laura and Peter are also helping!
Tonight is a *headdesk* night. It’s too hard, things aren’t working. But that could also be because I lost five chapters, today – don’t ask, I don’t know how, why where or to who. It’s probably best I don’t! S’okay. tomorrow I’ll front up again – that’s what writing is all about and I love it!
*Photo taken by Anne-Marie Ladegaard