Thursday, 3 November 2011

JASON DEAN - update 04/11/11

So, I've been writing this novella for the last three weeks - one week of which was knackered, writing-wise, due to the kids being off school at half term - so, really, I've been at it, as it were, for about eight days - not counting weekends, which I work.  If that makes sense.

I had a rough idea about using the character from my story in Luca Veste's fantastic forthcoming collection 'OFF THE RECORD' as the basis of the novella.  He remained nameless in the OTR story, but apparently his name is Jason Dean.  As the novella is about him, it made sense to call the novella JASON DEAN.  Fair enough.  I had a start.

I sort of planned out rough chapters, but within a couple of pages, they were out the window.  Can't plan to save me life, see.  I should have known that.  So I'm just bashing away at the keyboard, listening as I go to this bloke, this hitman in love with poetry, tell his story.  Ten planned chapters went down to nine rough chapters, and my usual fifteen hundred to eighteen hundred word chapters became two thousand two hundred to two and a half thousand word chapters.  Who'd have thought that.  And this story he's telling me, blimey, it is so bloody sad.

I'm half way now, and I know what's coming, I know what he's going to tell me, but it's making me nervous, you know, like I'll do anything just to get him on another subject.  Thing is, with a novella, the wordcount is pretty small.  I'm going to have to face it soon, I know that. 

But, blimey, I wish he had another story to tell . . .

Thing is, you just have to go with it, don't you?  You've got no choice.  No matter how hard it is.  No choice at all.. 

I'll keep you posted.

All the best,



  1. Strangely enough, no. Characters don't talk to me.

    Though I think it's a very good sign if your character wants to go somewhere that you don't -- means you're going to write something excrutiating.

  2. Something excruciating? Moi . . . ? :)