Today I began Rabbit Hole Writers’ Challenge. It’s a program run by the Queensland Writers Centre where writers are challenged to write 30000 words over three days. I had to work on Friday so couldn’t begin until today. Today's total was 7003 words.
The story I’m working on, Shattered Lives, is one I haven’t looked at for six months. When Warrior Pledge went into edits with Dreamspinner Press, I began working on the sequel to it (currently titled Dragon God). I finished that story on Monday and put it aside for a week before I begin serious editing.
Shattered Lives is probably the most complicated story I’ve ever attempted. It’s set on two planets, in two different dimensions over three time periods. Keeping all of that straight in my head is challenge enough. Making sure it also makes sense on paper is even more so. So far, it’s not working, but the potential is there so I’m going to keep going until it’s finished.
Once I have the story line down, I’ll be able to work out which pieces need to be told in flashback and which parts have to be told chronologically. I’m looking forward to the challenge.
That’s it for this week - 222 words added to my Rabbit Hole word count for the day.
Seeing different things can be inspiring. I have so many story ideas from my holidays. Last week, I was in Melbourne, the week before, it was Canberra. This weekend I’m almost at the other end of the country, in Maryborough, visiting family. Tomorrow we’re going on a cruise up the Mary River, including a commentary on the history of the river and the town. I’m really looking forward to it. I’ve enjoyed going to places and seeing things I haven’t seen on previous visits.
During my time in Canberra, I discovered that the paint on the road and the guideposts were different colours to everywhere else so you could see them through the snow. I saw so much gold in the Versailles Exhibition that I came away dazed. In Melbourne, I learned that the free tram system in the centre of town was a fantastic way to rest weary feet after five hours walking, and at the same time learn something of the history of the city. I learned a lot about Melbourne's attitudes, particularly to things like street art. I saw the Banksy Exhibition and remember again what it is about graffiti art that I love. The irreverence is one of those things.
So far in Maryborough, I’ve been introduced to the concept of converting the alphabet to sounds and reading books through music. I think I’ll write a story where one of the primary methods of communication is through music where the instrumental songs speak to you. If you can identify the sounds, you can ‘read’ the story. I suppose it would be a little like Braille but without the touch. Would the people have an aversion to touch or would they have very few sensory receptors?
I have to stop there. If I keep pondering and asking questions, I’ll begin research and have another story idea before I finish the sequel to Warrior Pledge. I only have one and a half chapters left to write, so I can’t stop yet.
I've been on one of those holidays that were so busy I need a holiday to recover. That's why I'm so late with this week's blog. I'll write about what I did later, but for today, you have an exclusive interview with me to entertain you. I did this because my last two books have been different to any I've previously had published. The Planet Whisperer is a Science Fiction story and Warrior Pledge is a Fantasy. Both books are available from Dreamspinner Press.
I thought it would be interesting to have a look at the fundamental differences between them.
E E Montgomery
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