Week 8 Round-Up



I’m trying to remember the word for feeling opposite emotions about the same thing. It begins with an ‘A’ I think. Hmm…suggestions below please.

Right. I’d done 800 words of a new scene, and was planning to churn out the rest on Saturday morning. The scene was going _OK_ but only that. Not great. Not brilliant. I just can’t quite get the psycology of the two chracters to connect, I don’t believe they would actualy ever been in the same room together. This is a bit of a problem.

I took a little look through my ‘Ideas’ file (Yes, I do have such a thing) and stumbled on a story stub titled ‘Mud’ that I started on about 18 months ago. It was only a page of text but reading through it the whole mental map of the story I had been working towards unfolded in my imagination and the next thing I knew three hours had passed and I’d written another 2500 words of the story. Great! Made my wordcount. Bugger, wrong story! More good than bugger though, I’m still really caught up in the story and did another 1000 words on Sunday. You have to go with that kind of flow when it pours out.

So…I’m going to finish this short story which should only take 2-3 weeks max. Clearly this is going to put some pressure on the 2500 a week for the novel, so we’ll have to see how that goes. Really I need to make both happen. I can do that. I mean who needs sleep or a social life when you have an unhealthy writing habit?

Published by Damien Walter

Writer and storyteller. Contributor to The Guardian, Independent, BBC, Wired, Buzzfeed and Aeon magazine. Special forces librarian (retired). Director of creative writing at UoL, published with OUP and Cambridge. Currently travelling the world and writing a book.

One thought on “Week 8 Round-Up

  1. I think the elusive word may be ‘ambivalent’ (though I’m very annoyed I couldn’t think of it when I first read the post, and was fretting about it for hours afterwards).

    On the other hand, I’m glad to have been of help (assuming (a) that was indeed the word you had in mind, and (b) you hadn’t already remembered it, in which case you may think I’m just rubbing it in).



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