Sunday, September 25, 2005

Authorial paranoia rules!

In the last couple of days I had to attend to other things, but now I'm trooping back to the writing trail. My previous blogs here and here, and via email, brought some interesting replies. Thank you for investing your time in answering - I really appreciate it!

Yep, authorial paranoia sounds good to me, or rather certainly on the lines of the way I think! And indeed I am seriously thinking doing my non-fiction archaeological magnum opus first. It's basically the stuff I have to write up, otherwise it wasn't worth me doing archaeology for over 20 years. It's rather been thrust upon me by the 'profession' which can't be bothered to employ me properly. Where others have been able to write up their work from within the cushioned confines of a nice cosy archaeological unit, I've been left to drift. So I'll do what I want, and that will be more than good enough, as so little has been written on my specialist subject.

As to the fiction ... My first attempt, the much battered SoD, was actually designed to be my learning piece. It was difficult to find subject matter which would keep me interested, but I found something and it saw me through. It looks like I might have to find another subject, or perhaps attempt a re-write. LOTR is the one I really want to write, but I don't think I'm up to it yet. But the upshot is that I probably need to give the fiction a rest for the time being, though it won't stop me doing a bit of research, whether it be re-enactment, visiting sites, reading, etc!


At 10:34 pm BST, Blogger Olga said...

Alex, I wish you best of luck both with fiction and non-fiction! And with that much experience your non-fiction should definitely be a treasure! As for LOTR, I think you're up to it, and should go for it! Otherwise, how will you know for sure?

At 12:56 am BST, Blogger Anne said...

Sometimes when you try too hard it doesn't work. :o)
Have a rest from it for a few days, and read a good book perhaps one from your favourtie author and study what makes that writer give you such pleasure. Is it the dialogue, the description, etc.
Then go back to your fiction without looking towards the end of the novel, but instead take little steps.
Write one line, a paragraph and you'll be surprised when you find you've written a page!
Good luck.
Anne Whitfield


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