Week 4 Round-Up

Week Four closes and after my shortfall in Week Three I’ve turned things around and gone 600+ words over to hit 3167. That’s a nice feeling.

This weeks writing gave me an introductory scene between the philosopher Hemlock and his great grand daughter Miranda. As I write I realise I’m yet to return to the same characters twice in  the first 4 weeks.  I’m quite sure already  that the story I’m trying to tell is too big for me at the moment. But that’s OK. I’d much rather be dealing with a multiplicity of possibilities than a dead end.

The other tension in the writing at the moment is an ongoing conflict between my narrative drive for action, conflict and passion, and my more literary desire for subtlety, uniqueness and complexity. Or put more simply – is this heroes and villains clashing swords, or humans clashing egos. Different scenes so far have taken different directions depending on my mood a the time. maybe this will resolve itself as a strength, or maybe it will be an editorial nightmare. Who knows.

This week also gave birth to what I’m now calling the stories cosmology, which has been partially conceived as an answer to the clash of narrative vs. literature. Mostly however its about introducing a mischievous streak into the story. I’m going to post it up on the blog, so all commentary appreciated.

Published by Damien Walter

Writer and storyteller. Contributor to The Guardian, Independent, BBC, Wired, Buzzfeed and Aeon magazine. Special forces librarian (retired). Teaches the Rhetoric of Story to over 35,000 students worldwide.


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