What a week.
I wasn't expecting to do much on Creeper's Cottage this week. I had a guest blog and a short story to write. But I managed to whizz through them. I'll post about the blog article when it goes live - might not be for a couple of weeks. There's a competition giveaway too, for a signed copy of Rosy Hours and an audiobook. That should be fun.
I'm not going to say anything more about the short story because I don't know if it's been accepted yet. Waiting to see how that goes.
But I have also managed to add another 10k to Creeper's this week.
It's fought me every step of the way. Really been struggling with it and I'm not entirely sure why. The plot makes sense, the characters are fine. It's a slow build, as thrillers and mysteries often are. You can't keep people in a perpetual state of wonder, so you have to pick your moments and build it up piece by piece.
I think it's just been one of those slow writing weeks. They happen sometimes. A run of days where you're just going through the motions rather than living the story. As I've mentioned in interviews before, whether the writing is easy or hard often has little bearing on whether the writing is good or not. Something can flow easily but turn out to be disappointing, and something can feel like wringing blood from a stone but turn out to be rather entertaining. You really never know until it's all over and you can step back to admire the full picture.
Still, line by line, scene by scene, it's appearing on the paper.
Also having plenty of fun meeting with publishers and writers in Rwanda. I'll blog more about that next week.
Right now, I'm looking forward to a day off tomorrow.