So, I’ve decided I will attempt to be a novelist, as well as a poet. Again … I have this work-in-progress that I’ve been thinking about and playing with for a while now, writing a bit about it, various tiny scenes written in response to our writing groups prompts. If I was an organised person, I would have put all of these little bits of writing together, in some kind of order, and I’d have the makings of a novel …
I am so far away from being an organised person though. I’m afraid Meredith, Travis and the others may never actually become characters in a published book. Roger the mayor of Talloola may never get the ‘throwing out’ he deserves, and Jamilla may never find happiness after the suicide (or is it murder) of her mother.
I’m thinking about inspiration, and I know have that cup of coffee/inspiration there to the right of me, warm and waiting for me. Sip, sip, sip, ahhh, that’s the way! Thinking about inspiration, and about writing, and wandering out to the backyard got me thinking about it all, and it occurred to me that writing is quite like gardening.
You can have tiny little bonsai gardens, just as you can have tiny little haiku and tanka poetry. Or you can have an enormous garden taking up acres and acres, how you can books that take in hundreds of thousands of pages. The novel I’m currently attempting to write would be the equivalent of a sixties Australian garden, a quarter of an acre, or 75.000 words.
At the moment though, this novel is more like that one quarter of an acre block with maybe a slab down, and a couple of struggling trees planted, with one lovely bright yellow flower, that may turn out to be some kind of weed … “Green Dreams, Tales from Talloola” is currently fewer than 3,000 words, in the semi-organised version of it on my laptop. I know there are at least five to ten little pieces of writing with maybe 200 words each. I also know those little pieces of writing are in notebooks and on my phone in ‘Notes’. I further know the likelihood of getting all of the bits together is quite low. Sad, but true.
Do you have a foolproof method of getting your bits and pieces of writing together, in a way that eventually ends up as a book you could send to a publisher? If you have any hints and tips, why not leave them here, in a comment? I may dedicate the book to you, if it works for me!
Puss in Boots sometimes gives me inspiration too. He usually comes with me to the writing group, that meets every Thursday at the P/A Hotel in Gawler …