Those of you connected to my personal Facebook page will know that I was away on holiday last week. I will write about my travels in another dedicated inspirational places thread, probably later this week. I visited Greece and saw some truly amazing places. More on that later.
But today, I just want to update you on my current fiction project work and let you know how it is all going. It’s been a while since I updated you on my quirkly supernatural crime comedy set in a fiction Cornish village.
Salmonweird, my work in progress that I started last summer, is now 3,000 words longer than it was a couple of weeks ago. I see you shrug your shoulders and ask “so what?” but this extra writing is purely from editing. Having read through the first 8 or 9 chapters this weekend, I felt that some of the description was a little thin. I also felt that some narrative needed a bit more depth and some dialogue really could do with fleshing out. I recently pointed out that I feel we should edit as we go – it’s one of the myths about writing a novel.
Very happy with that and the story is now 48,000 words long. I was initially thinking it would be around 60,000 words, but that is now starting to feel a little short – that would be four chapters at current length. I have had two murders (with a third planned) and multiple plot threads still to be resolved. I still feel some characters have not had as much book time as they need or deserve. Now, I think it will be closer to 70,000 or 75,000. Naturally, there is always room for more editing and cutting back those things that do not work, but I am confident of it being 75,000 maximum.
As a history buff, I am having a lot of fun with this. It’s fun writing about sword fights between an 18th century pirate and an Iron Age warrior queen. It’s fun to write about friction between a medieval monk and a preacher from the English Civil War. It’s amusing to have invented a Tudor poet whose poetry is so terrible that listening to it feels like punishment. The juxtaposition between all of these characters is a pleasure to write and I hope it is fun to read when it is eventually released.
I’m not sure where this interest in comedy fiction came from. I’ve always written dark and gritty fiction with a twist in the tale. My other ongoing work – the as yet untitled Romans Vs Aliens (no really, I am not going to call it that!) certainly is dark, gritty and psychological. My other published work is that way inclined too. Where I got the sudden urge to write light and daft, I do not know but I intend to revel in it while it lasts.
The important thing is that I am thoroughly enjoying it 🙂 So, what about you? How are your own fiction projects progressing?