I’ve hit a purple patch this week on the writing front and passed 28,000 words on my current book, ‘The Kirkwood Scott Chronicles: Skelly’s Tower.’ The KSC universe has exploded this week with a host of new settings and characters being introduced. As ever, most of these have come to me during the writing process itself as I continue to blast through the chapters in chronological fashion. Or as chronological as a KSC novel can ever be.
I’ve surprised myself with some of the new characters who have deposited themselves on my screen having come completely out of left field. Such has been the gush of ‘new stuff’ I’ve had to rein myself in at times and focus on the main characters – Kirkwood, Meredith, Harley and Emily. Oh, and not forgetting Skelly of course. They are the cornerstone of the book and it’s important I don’t disappear down a rabbit hole and neglect them.
Writing has mostly been on the commute to and from work although I’m also developing a habit of waking up before the alarm clock and putting down a few hundred words before I’ve even gotten out of bed. I write in short spurts, 200-300 words at a time. Then I walk away for a bit until the next creative wave hits me. It’s steady progress, small steps but I’m delighted as to how the book is shaping up. It’s scope and ambition knock Book 1 into a cocked hat.
It’s an exciting time writing wise, a welcome relief from the ‘one step forward, three steps back’ week we’ve had as a family. Our faith has been sorely tested this week, more fractured than ever. But amidst the doubt and disappointment I continue to believe in my ability to craft stories and characters which will appeal to a wider readership. I hope you all agree and will continue to follow me on this rollercoaster journey. Thank you.