I'm taking a break from novel-writing* (although I shall still write the odd short story) and am currently writing a non-fiction book. As it's largely about my own experience, I don't have to think up a plot or an ending (or even a middle) because it's all there in my head. And today, I got my agent's approval (I'd sent her the opening), so I can go ahead with it. Quite exciting!
*I shall return to it when the idea in my head has gelled. It's taking its time at the moment.
Monday, 31 October 2011
A break from fiction
Posted by Frances Garrood at 19:12
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I hope your experience with the qwertygram is not what pushed you over the edge....ReplyDelete
I can see the attraction of writing about something you know so well, but don't think I could do it myself - I'd be too tempted to embellish the truth beyond all recognition.ReplyDelete
Wishing you every success Frances.ReplyDelete
It does indeed sound exciting! Thumbs up from someone who'd love to write (both fiction and non-fiction) but simply lacks the stamina to stick to one subject for a long time.ReplyDelete
Sometimes a change is just what's needed. Not only will you be fresh for your non-fiction, you'll return to fiction with renewed optimism and vigour!ReplyDelete
This sounds very exciting and congratulations for getting the go-ahead. I'm sure you'll really enjoy the change from fiction and it must feel great to have all the information you need in your head and ready to go.ReplyDelete
Not quite, RWP, but jolly nearly!ReplyDelete
Patsy, you may be right. It's the chronology that I tend to get wrong.
Thanks, Diane and Colette.
Librarian, I have the same problem, but this is something that's been screaming to be written about, so we'll see!
Tim, you're right. I put so much pressure on myself to find plots that the whole thing becomes counter-productive. Now I can plot peacefully. I hope...
Joanna, thank you.
That sounds a great opportunity, Frances - good luck with it!ReplyDelete
How intriguing. Is it about horses, I wonder? Good luck.ReplyDelete
Good luck with it, Frances. Out in time for next Christmas?ReplyDelete
No horses, Gail. At least, not yet...
Could be, Keith, but not a very Christmas-y subject!