Words With Michael

It’s been a while since I’ve done some freeform blogging. I may therefore be a little bit rusty, but that’s not going to stop me from leaping back into action. Geronimo!

The last month in our Writer’s Plot group we took on a 50,000 word in a month challenge, our own version of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). I  had tried previously, the last two months in fact, but it always resulted in me giving up and never reaching the 50,000 mark. But not September! With a group of other writers taking on the same task (and the constant Twitter encouragement) I felt more motivated than ever to actually churn something out. For my efforts I now have a 75,500 word novel sitting on my laptop. It’s quite possibly a piece of trash, but I’m going to stick at it and have a go at editing the beast. It’s all learning isn’t it?

As you may have seen with my last few posts I’ve been inspired by fellow poet, Latte Junkie, to take on some poetry. I never thought of poetry as a serious art form before. I always turned my head, confused by the lack of literal meaning and the ambiguous nature of words on paper or screen. Then I realised that I had these ideas — ones that couldn’t quite turn themselves into stories, but visual images I could capture in words. I love the bite sized nature of poetry. You can often consume a poem in under a minute, but they can stay with you for so much longer.

I’ve been a little slack on the reading front. I blame The Shield for taking up most of my recreation hours. I used to read every day, and I will endeavour to do that again; fire up the old Kindle and get around to the many books I’ve purchased and just left forgotten and unfinished. Right now I’m reading two non fiction books: Anne Lamott’s Bird By Bird (which is a remarkably entertaining and honest read on the writing process), and Stephen Fry’s The Ode Less Travelled (which I’ve only just started, but almost immediately I took on Stephen Fry’s delightful narrator voice).

As I watch more and more good television shows I realise how much I want to write in that space, to be a part of the lives of characters that keep me coming back for more. In this current month I aim to read through a bunch of teleplays and try my hand at writing a bunch of spec scripts (possibly even revisit that Buffy script I left hanging in the wind). Who knows? In a year or two you might find me living in LA working on a serial scifi romcom. Baby steps, baby steps.

10 thoughts on “Words With Michael

      1. It will help with the novel writing. I think you’ve got it easier going from novel to poem though – the sheer volume of words used in a novel scared the crap out of me… I’m used to using as few words as possible to tell a story… Now you know why I was having kittens during the 50k challenge. I’m looking forward to following your journey into poetry, and am very proud to have lead you to the darkside!

      1. It will help with the novel writing. I think you’ve got it easier going from novel to poem though – the sheer volume of words used in a novel scared the crap out of me… I’m used to using as few words as possible to tell a story… Now you know why I was having kittens during the 50k challenge. I’m looking forward to following your journey into poetry, and am very proud to have lead you to the darkside!

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