August 25, 2009

The Long And Winding Road...

A long time ago I wrote a novel - my first, my only. Slipwater. 81,000 words. A police thriller with a little bit of sci-fi thrown in just to make things more difficult for me. That was about twelve years ago. Since then, over the years, there have been a couple of attempts - one serious - to redraft it. As a result I have about 45,000 words of better stuff.

I've trawled through the loft and been looking it over the last couple of days and decided that now is the time to go back to it. To be honest, there was never a right time to leave it. I just got sidetracked by other projects... for about a decade.

I'm still going to pursue short stories, but my off-the-top-of-my-head goal is to have this second draft of the novel down (and I know the 45,000 words I've got will have to be tooth-combed again) by my birthday.

That's early May for you folks who don't send me cards.

8 comments:

Ian said...

Do it! I have a couple of scripts that are crying out for re-drafts. Ten years seems to be about the time it takes for them to start hammering to be let out. (Then they can be locked away for another ten...)

Bob Jacobs said...

Hey, go for it!

Slipwater ... it has a certain ring to it.

Cheers,
Bob

Sophie Playle said...

Slipwater! That would make a great username ;)

Go for it :D

Also, I like the new blog design... (show off) ;)

Brian G Ross said...

Yeah, cool username indeed... Not a bad email address either!

Ian - do it! Don't put it off until you see it up there on the silver screen and think: "damn, I did that years ago!"

Robert Aquino Dollesin said...

Hey, Brian

I agree with the previous posters. Do it! Get focused. Funny, Seems like most of us who've been around for a little bit are ready to buckle down and tackle something significant.

Steven J. Dines said...

Regardless of how much time has elapsed, if you still believe in the story, or at least its potential, then I say go for it. And the very best of luck to you, my friend.

Brian G Ross said...

Yeah, I'm goin' to go for it. No time like the present, and all that kinda stuff. Fingers crossed and it may be a good 'un.

:o)

Sheila Deeth said...

Hope it's going well. Good luck.