Procrastinators (Not Very) Anonymous
Word count: 11,017
OK. So I have made a start on Book 6. Actually, I started book 6 late last year, got just under 10,000 words in the can, and then decided to work on Book 5 instead.
Book 5 was relatively simple structually, the story of one woman, told in the first person, with none of what I call my 'twiddly bits.' If you've ever read any of my books, the twiddly bits are the flashbacks or the alternative storylines involving other characters, or the quotations from other texts (the mottos from the Brownie and Guide annuals in Brown Owl's Guide to Life), or flashbacks (as in Brown Owl but also the strange, coma-related flashbacks to the scary Cold War obsessed 1980s in The Self-Preservation Society).
I enjoyed the simplicity of Book 5. But Book 6 is another one of my twiddly ones, featuring the stories of three different women, each contributing first person chapters. The women work together so as well as their personal stories, they attend the same events and experience some of the same incidents. In the past, I've really paid the price at editing stage for my ambitions to include these twiddles, and so this time round I am being tough with myself. I have created a grid to plot which chapters and events are narrated by which woman. I have worked hard on their speech 'tics' and view of life, so that the first person narratives will feel convincingly different. I have played around with their stories so that each has dramas and crises and problems to resolve.
Now I just have to write the bloody thing. And my bottle's gone.
Well, I don't think my bottle has disappeared. But today, having finished the Grid yesterday, I am finding ANYTHING more appealing than writing Chapter 5 (which is where I am picking up from last year's work). So far I have:
- replaced a winter duvet with a summer one;
- stripped the bed;
- hand-washed the thing that keeps the bed together;
- machine-washed three pillows (it is evidence of my lack of domestic goddess-ery that I didn't know you COULD machine-wash pillows but how lovely they are now!);
- put the old duvet in one of those bags that you then vacuum-shrink, so your duvet resembles boil-in-the-bag cod in parsley sauce;
- put everything out to dry;
- joined Facebook (hours of potential time-wasting there).
I may even do some ironing.
That's how serious this is. So, anyway, I am going to add Book 6 to my Novel Race bar and see if that helps. You never know.
We also have a new Racer, another Kate, so welcome. Did you know you could wash pillows?