Wheww!

A substantial amount of progress since yesterday – in storytelling rather than words. From a third of the way though to halfway may not seem much to you, but I’ve virtually rewritten a few key chapters.

I said yesterday that I didn’t know whether to stick with Wales as the first journey together for Adam and Poppy, or whether to scene-shift a couple of chapters to the English Lake District. Still undecided, I saved my OneDrive file onto my hard drive under two different filenames to reflect the alternatives. I then took the chapters that needed extra work to set them in the Lake District, tore them up and started them again – almost from scratch.

My biggest problem though was removing ME from the writing – not that I see myself as Adam – but the photographer in me wanted to leave in photography details that didn’t actually move the plot on and would merely baffle a general reader. I think that it was Stephen King who suggested writing the first draft for yourself, leaving it to stew, and then rewriting it as something that might be worth publishing. I see now that my first version was probably selfish – including things that only a geek like me needs to know.

I now, however, think that I’m probably too close to the original to go back to the other file version I saved that left the journey’s location as Wales. The new geography has set my imagination free. From now on, though, There are a couple of chapters that probably need to remain in Wales. One relates to Adam’s cottage and the other to the Welsh equivalent of St Valentine.

Today’s featured photo is of the Museum of Liverpool, reflected at the terminus point of the Leeds-Liverpool canal, during the River of Lights festival of 2019,

I took this shot, tripod-mounted, with a Pentax K-1 36 MP full-frame camera and a 15-30 mm f/2.8 lens at f/2.8 and 21 mm. The shutter speed was 1/15 secs and the ISO 5000.

Leave a Reply