The ‘what am I writing’ blog

June 23, 2014

Categories: Carole Wilkinson, stories, writing

Carole Wilkinson has passed me the baton for the ‘so what are YOU writing blog’ and now I’m feeling anxious. This is what I came up with.

I’m writing illustrator briefs. Proposal pitches. I’m writing emails to friends, responses to mss and texts to my family. I am writing tags on all my new study boxes. I am writing essays. Writing lists so as not to forget. (more…)

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So why Six? Part One

September 20, 2010

Categories: Daddy Cool, Six, stories, teen car accidents, teen driving, the 70s

Sometimes stories just arrive. You don’t really think about where they came from and mostly you don’t need to know. Then there are those stories that demand to be written. That hang around until you finally give up and give them a voice.

That is where I found Six.

Six began in 1971 when I was a kid. (Don’t do the maths, it’s frightening.) My friend, a neighbour across the road, lost her brother in a car accident. We sneaked into his room one night, a shrine to his memory, scared we would get caught by her mother still grieving.

This is what I remember.
A Daddy Cool poster on his wall.
A tidy bed.
Shoes lined up neatly.
The stale smell of nothing.
Guilt that we had intruded upon this special place.
But mainly disbelief that this person’s life had ended so abruptly.

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Marathon Editing

July 30, 2008

Categories: editing, stories

I have just finished a marathon edit of a story. By editing from beginning to end without a break, I find plot inconsistencies are clearer than if editing over several sessions. Does anyone else find this to be true? While I am itching to edit during my first read, I try to lose myself in the story and just enjoy it. By the second read, I am ready for a full-on editing session, working up a style dictionary as I go. At this point I am not looking for a copy edit, but will take these cxns in as I see them. Rather, I am looking for the plot to make sense, for the characters to ring true and for a sense of satisfaction by the end of the story. Does anyone else have any editing quirks they would like to share?

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