I’m almost a week late with my writing up-date so I hope you’ve not all been holding your breath in all that time. I don’t have much to share regarding my story except that after a slow start it’s beginning to take shape. The plotting I found was easy. The main task of making a start with the writing of it proved harder than I’d anticipated but now the words are beginning to flow and I’ve shifted to automatic drive. The important thing (if any of you are thinking of taking up writing) is to always, no matter where you are (at work, in the shower, wherever) have a pen and note-pad with you. There’s going to be a time when that turn of phrase or line of dialogue you just imagined will be lost for ever because you never got it down quick enough. Some of what I consider to be the better lines in my play MORE THAN A WOMAN were written down in haste while on the move and not when seated at my desk. I generally write directly onto a laptop device but first off I write and re-write manually, editing the text until I feel it’s ready to add to the word document. Scribbling and making notes is actually very soothing and I think enhances the creative process, although too many manual notes can confuse the flow. That is more or less it for now except that I’m excited about how the story is developing. Can anyone answer me this … when does a short story become a novella? I’m not sure the term short story will apply to this one for much longer!
BETTE DAVIS (as KIT MARLOWE) “Well Millie darling; I enjoyed reading it but isn’t it a bit long”?
MIRIAM HOPKINS (as MILDRED WATSON DRAKE) “Oh do you think so? I could have gone on for twice as long”.
On this project I’m trying to keep the dialogue tight, economical and to the point within the plot structure.