In the introduction to last weeks podcast I spoke about how I became stuck whilst writing the second draft of my latest WIP, which has the working title of The Comfort Zone (I already know that will not be the final title). I didn’t have writers block I just knew that I had reached a point in the story where I was writing all of my characters into a corner. I had two choices. I could either throw the entire project into the trash can or go back to the plan. I went to the plan. I’m one of the those people who can think more clearly when they actually have a pen and a paper in front of them. I spent two days going through my original chapter plan/outline and I changed things around, got rid of characters and changed the main characters arc.
I think that this graph by Maureen F.McHugh perfectly encapsulates how torrid the writing process can be.
In a week I’ve written 13,523 words and if you ask me, that’s a lot when a week ago you were literally standing at a junction wondering where on earth you were going to go next.
Last summer, I received an email from Lucas Bale. Lucas Bale is the author of ‘The Heretic’ and ‘Defiance’ (check out Spectrum Books for reviews/interview). So what did Mr.Bale want? Well, he made me an offer. “Would I like to contribute to a speculative fiction anthology?” It was an offer that I couldn’t refuse and I replied straight away with an emphatic“YES”.
Now the anthology is almost here. ‘No Way Home’ is an amazing collection of stories from eight brilliant and exciting new voices in speculative fiction.