How things have changed since I wrote the first “About”. I have submitted my PhD which includes a novel about a character with early onset dementia and a short thesis on how malignant positioning occurs in fiction about people with dementia as well as in life. I now have a date for my Viva and am excited and terrified as usual.
I’m teaching creative writing in the Edinburgh Adult Education Programme and did a term’s teaching at Newcastle University.
I meet up regularly with other Edinburgh writers and encourage them online when needed. They encourage me as well.
I have two lovely lodgers.
My decluttering is not successful.
I have started to cook again.
Hah! 20000 words? Walk in the park. More like a stagger in the jungle as it turned out. So that opus which got me my MA is on the back burner just now while I juggle teaching in Edinburgh, commuting to Newcastle University for my PhD in Creative Writing and occasional forays into the Scottish Borders to see the Treasure (my wise and elderly mum) and the Joy (my older sister).
I’m writing a novel and researching possible correlations between communicaton strategies of people with early onset dementia and narrative used by Facebook members. Watch this space.
Here’s the deal. I have to write 20,000 words (polished and publishable) by 12 August 2010. In fact I want to write 80,000 words because that gives me a full length book. I have already written a synopsis but the plot has been trashed although the concept is apparently marketable. It is quite difficult to write anything in these circumstances as I have lost confidence in the project. I am trying to write separate scenes based on the concept and I’m hoping that in the execution I will get a better idea of a plausible plot. Any helpful comments will be much appreciated along the way!
How do I write a synopsis for a thriller/treasure hunt?
How do I know which bits of the mystery to reveal to whom and when?
How do I keep up the suspense?
How do I balance action with description?