Journal of a story.


This story was rejected by my publisher when I submitted it with my book of short stories, Voices. The book is out now.

I can see why it was rejected and am thankful it was. However, I quite like part of it so want to analyse it and work with it to see if it becomes a short story I'd like others to read.

So, decided I would work on this in the public eye so writers and readers can see just how much work I have to put in to get my writing to the point to where my publisher gives it the ok.

The first things I notice is that I have fallen in love with the Queen Street scene with all the vaudeville characters.  I love the movement and their colour.

BUT I haven't really decided what this story is about. I have called it Clocks and that is the right title but how do I tie in the concept of the main character being afraid of tolling clocks, the passing of time and the loss of his father. Why did his father leave him? What happened to him?

So I do really need to decide what this story is truly about.

I need thinking time to work on that. So I will go away and have a think.

I'm back

Life is very busy at the moment. I am preparing to The Story Mint to South Africa. I have a book signing coming up and a presentation to a Writers FEstival. I love all the activity and the direction The Story Mint is moving in is increadibly exciting especially as it means recognition for Stylefit. That is huge.

So I've decided to give myself an hour (now 2.30) to work on Clocks. I have decided to give the pub some atmosphere and to have a clock chime. I also think I've over emphasised the impact chiming clocks have on my character. I finished at 3.30 and I've set the scene in a country pub. That feels good!


Sunday, three days later

Well, I got an hour then had to get back to my work but in that time I developed ambience and the characters began to take shape. Their relationship to one another also became clearer and I showed how chiming clocks affected Jamie. Good progress..I have half an hour.