Attention span of a Goldfish

I’ve talked about this phenominum before; namely that I reach a certain point in writing a book, and I’m already wanting to move on to the next project. I suppose it is born from the fact that I’ve been thinking so long, hard and deeply about the creative process that my writing cannot quite keep up and my brain grows bored because from its point of view it has been constantly churning over the same details for several months.

Well, I’m there now with only 20-25,000 words to go. This happens every time I write a book, so I suppose I’m not too worried. It’s just an annoyance. Of course I should remember that it is a good sign that my creativity has not waned that I am thinking about my next project.

My wedding is going to get in the way of a lot of the Spring, so this year I’m not expecting to get too much done unlike 2008 which was a very productive year. However, in the same way that I have so far revisited and done a complete re-edit of ‘Countdown to Extinction’ and ‘Daytrippers’ so I want to move on to ‘Orb of Arawaan’ and do the same treatment on that. The plan is that this will refresh me with the plot and the story as well as the charectors, so that I can immediately move from that to writing the long awaited sequel (it is meant to be book one of a trilogy) that has languished since 2004 incomplete on my computer. I didn’t manage to do a lot of it, but I’ve got basic plot mapped out and a couple of scenes.

Finally, the portfolio section should get some more regular updates. ‘The long summer of war’ will continue to be serialised, as well as being interspaced with some other short stories I have to use up. also I’m looking forward to the publication of three further short stories in magazines, and I have an article for another magazine that I want to see if I can get the editor interested in. It’s going to be a busy couple of months whatever happens!