I’ve been sitting here for some time trying to decide what to blog about today. The courts, as I’ve mentioned before, are on a two week break, so I’m focused on other things. The problem is that these other things are rather removed from the day job so when I drift back into reality I’m left with not a lot to write about.
I had always meant this to be a blog about writing, but now I’m actually getting down to writing I’m beginning to see a distinct problem with that.
Writing fiction isn’t like following a story. I’m not necessarily going to have daily updates of proceedings to share. Or rather, if I did it wouldn’t mean anything much to anyone but me because I’m talking about characters and situations that no one else knows about for the moment. It’s not a question of writing up snapshots of what’s going on at the end of every day. The day to day process of editing just doesn’t really translate to daily updates.
So when I sit here my mind drifts in all kinds of directions – and I wouldn’t lumber the net with my distracted musings! When I’m not in court I’m as likely to ramble on about the state of my (very small) back yard or the vagueries of baking than the latest murder. When I’m writing intensively then even the garden and the kitchen get ignored so there’s not much left to write about or I get obsessed with something that feeds into what I’m writing in some way. Last summer when I was writing Devil it was the fabrication methods of various toxins (purely theoretical I hasten to add!), this summer it’ll be the finer points of grammar (I should think).
Anyway, bear with me – it will all make sense eventually. I hope.