Adventure 324 ~ Clear The Decks!

Well …. I’ve heard back from the publisher : they read the complete manuscript for The Faerie Thorn – and they “thoroughly enjoyed it”. After the “it’s all really great” bit, I sensed a “but” coming. But there wasn’t a “but”. There was an “and” instead!

They asked if I could send some more stories in the same vein because they thought a collection of my stories would work really well! 4 or 5 stories of a similar size to The Faerie Thorn would do the trick, and we agreed that I would submit the second story by mid-December.

I have the sense that this second story is a bit of a test, a test to make sure that I’m not a one-story wonder. I am happy to write the next story : it’s burning to be written. And I’m happy to write the next story because I think it’s bringing me closer to the possibility of getting my stories published.

So today’s adventure has been all about clearing the decks and getting set up for writing. I’ve put some projects on hold. I’ve done some more research about merrowmen. I’ve done some more research about the area in which the story is set. I’ve got the story complete in my head (with a full and intricate set of unexpected twists and turns). And I’ve taken the first big step towards breathing the soul of the story to life.

Once I breathe the soul of a story to life, I just have to climb inside the story and write or tell what I see, hear and feel. To breathe the soul of a story to life, I have to find the soul of the story and then feel it. The soul of the story sits right underneath the storyline. Feeling the soul of the story breathes it to life.  (Sounds a bit weird , I know! But that’s how I do it 🙂 . I talk more about this process in today’s video).

The story is now alive. It’s walking. It’s at large. It’s lurking around corners. It’s hiding in cupboards. And today it was in the shower.

It’s too late. There’s no going back. If I don’t tell this story, it’ll haunt me until the other side of Forever.

I am just going outside and may be some time.

JT

Adventure 224 ~ Write A Haiku

Sycamore Seed PodsInspired by my recent brushes with Nature, today I try my hand at writing a haiku . I explain a bit about what I’ve learned about haiku in today’s video; I also read out my first haiku!

You can read my haiku here.

 

 

 

I am just going outside and may be some time.

JT

 

 

 

 

Adventure 207 ~ Turning Pro With Steven Pressfield

For today’s adventure, I read Steven Pressfield’s “Turning Pro” . It’s a rapid read (it took only 2 hours, cover to cover) and continues the conversation he starts in his first book, “The War Of Art”. His first book provides a thorough examination of the concept of resistance and introduces the idea of “the pro”. The pro is someone who nurtures a consistent set of habits geared towards overcoming this resistance with a view to not only acknowledging their true gift (whether that be writing, or painting, or parenting, or dancing, or cooking, or care-giving..) but  also delivering that gift to the world.

Steven devotes a considerable amount of time (in “Turning Pro”) to the notion of distraction (also a form of resistance). He suggests that many of us (amateurs) distract ourselves from our true purpose (our true gift, our potential work of art, our new business) by living shadow lives (lives that look meaningful and fulfilling but they’re not really in line with our true gift and/or who we really are … and so they don’t feel like they’re the “real deal”) and by engaging in certain behaviours (like addictions) which allow us to hide from ourselves.

The pro faces up to the fullness of who they really are, acknowledges their gift and then brings their gift into the world.

As I read the book, it brought up some big questions for me :

1. To what degree do I distract myself (and how do I distract myself) ?

2. What would I discover if I didn’t distract myself?

3. Am I living in alignment with my true purpose? (Should I have a purpose at all? If I do have one, what is it?)

I share more about my response to Steven’s writing in today’s video. He’s certainly got me thinking!

 

I am just going outside and may be some time 🙂 .

JT

Adventure 206 ~ Refine My Synopsis

Well, I am considering going to the local trolls and asking to be turned into a bone-ghost … anything to escape the synopsis! I’ve dedicated a further 5 hours to refining my synopsis and it still doesn’t feel right to me!

I am just going outside and may be some time 🙂 .

JT

 

Adventure 205 ~ Write A Synopsis For A Literary Agent/Publisher

Well, what can I tell you? Writing a one-page synopsis of a story I know inside-out is not something that I’ve found easy at all. Turns out though that the “Synopsis Struggle” is very common amongst the writing population – and just knowing that makes me feel better (and like a proper writer …. a REALLY proper writer because it was a REALLY big struggle.)

It took me four hours and (as you will see in today’s video) I am now “all worded out”. There’s not a single letter, let alone word, left on my tongue. I need a lie down 😛 . (And. Yeah. It’s just the first draft. *SIGH* )

I am just going outside and I may be some time.

JT

Adventure 204 ~ Make My Faerie Story Ready For Publication

Dorothy Parker quoteYup! It’s done. I’m done 😛 .

I have completed the fourth (and final) round of editing of my short story, The Faerie Thorn. Now I’m ready to move on to the next part of my writing adventure : preparing my bio and a synopsis to send off  to agents and publishers!

 

 

 

 

I am just going outside and may be some time.

JT

Adventure 203 ~ Survive Six Hours Of Grammar

Gosh. Editing is a tougher than I thought 😛 . Today’s adventure has been all about editing my book and this round of editing has been completely grammar-focused. I am actually surprised that I got out alive. Grammar and bone-ghosts seem to have a lot in common 😛 .

The editing is still not complete and I’m heading into my fourth and (fingers crossed) final cycle tomorrow. What makes me giggle (well, okay , I’ll admit it. I’m too grammar-garotted to giggle just now) is that the Faerie Thorn story actually took me fourteen hours to write. Guess how long the editing has taken?……….

I am just going outside and may be some time.

JT

 

 

 

 

 

Adventure 202 ~ Go Looking For A New Story

As I took an editing break over the weekend, I’ve spent most of today catching up. I’ve been transferring the editorial notes from my paper manuscript to the soft-copy of  The Faerie Thorn on my computer and wrangling with the finer points of English grammar.

My head got so jammed with grammar puzzles that I had to venture into the “teenager’s lair” to find a book to help me! “Spelling, Punctuation And Grammar” is aimed at 14-16 year-olds and perfect for the word-addled head of a fantasy writer 😛 . You can find the book  here.

Five hours of editing left me hungry for fresh fodder and so for today’s adventure, I answered the call of a local out-of-the-way place in the hope of finding inspiration for my next story.

Here’s how I got on (oh and I hope you enjoy the safari feel of this short film – it was quite a challenging off-road trip!)

I am just going outside and may be some time.

JT

Adventure 199 ~ Learn About Literary Agents

MillayblogIt’s all getting a bit exciting now! Having completed  a first full editorial run- through of my long-short story [The Faerie Thorn],  today I start to find out a little bit more about how to go about getting my story published.

You can find the book I mention in today’s video here.

 

I am just going outside and may be some time.

JT

Adventure 197 ~ Write A Faerie Story [7]

Well, I made it! Today I write and narrate the final part of my original faerie story, The Faerie Thorn. In this episode, you get to find out what happened to Man Donaghy’s good Big People looks, you learn what a borrow-body is, and some of you may cry at a certain point (I did!)

Everything I have shared with you is completely unedited and so now the adventure that lies ahead is an editing one!

[Video is not available publicly ]

I am just going outside and may be some time.

JT