Back to the Writing Blocks

Back on October 8th, in my last post about my most recent novel, Sixty Years, I said that I had re-read it and couldn’t spot anything major. I didn’t look at that draft again – until yesterday. With new eyes, I saw whole sections that were incomplete, that I hadn’t fully thought out. I also noticed a number of ‘howler’ errors, such as referring to a boyfriend as a girlfriend, to a vet as a vat, to Norman as Barbara. There were punctuation errors and date errors. I’ve had to spend today correcting these before anybody else does. My usual proof editor is  still busy and likely to be so for a while.

I haven’t spent any time rewriting the Persephone story. The night before I’d intended to start, a whole new storyline occurred to me. It won’t be a full-length novel this time – but longer than a short story, if you see what I mean. It’s about a hairdresser and a wedding photographer. Even then, the time that I’ve spent on it has been restricted by the time I’ve needed to put into writing the photography posts.

Anyway, now that those posts are finished, I should be able to make some progress on my new story. I’ve written a couple  of chapters and I’ll post about those in the next few days.

One more thing to say. Up to now, I’ve been trying to find photographs to use, as featured photos, only ones which have a bearing on the day’s written content. I don’t think that I’ll be able to that for much longer – if at all. It’s not that I’m short of my photos to post – I have a few thousand of those banked. My problem is that, because I’m shielding from Covid-19, I just can’t get out to take bespoke photos. So, for example, writing about this hairdresser and wedding photographer, I have no photos relating to either type of work. I don’t want to use stock photos, because the whole idea of my site was to showcase my own work. I hope, therefore, that anyone reading my posts will forgive my shots having no relation to my writing.

Tomorrow, I’ll make a start.

For the time being, todays photo is one that I took in Aberystwyth, Mid Wales, UK in 2014, while on holiday. I just liked the leading lines. The settings were: ISO 100, shutter speed 1/1600, Aperture f/3.3 and focal length 4.3 mm using a Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60 compact camera.

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