Thursday, 21 June 2007

Hesitant Scribe - Limping Along Novel Racer

Who am we? A good question.

I am the Hesitant Scribe because I am quite terrified of writing fiction badly, and that makes me, well, hesitant.

I am writing a novel called Out of Place for my PhD in Creative Writing. I thought I'd kill two tasks with one pen, but have since found it to be, as someone put it, Difficult Squared. I am 30,000 words in and limping along. If I were in a marathon I'd be the one near the back with a swollen ankle but still hoping to cross the finish line.

I'm trying to sum up what my novel is about, and can't, so I probably ought to fix that before I try to sell it, eh. I can tell you that it is set in Spain and is a mixture between a short story collection and a novel, i.e. a short story sequence, and that it should, if I get it right, make you laugh, and cry, and think about life, and get to experience what it's like to live in a foreign country. If you had to stick a genre label on it, you could call it a 'coming of age story' but it will probably end up being (I hope) literary fiction (which means I won't sell many copies unless I can get some academic to stick it on a lit reading list!).

Writing is my life. Always has been. Always will be. I hate it almost as much as I love it. There. I pass the baton on to the next Novel Racer... Who is you?!


liz fenwick said...

Love you description of the structure of the novel. Can't wait to read the finished product :-)

hesitant scribe said...

Hi Liz - Neither can my poorly sorely tested supervisor ha ha!
My husband just wants to see it in a dust-jacket and me with a cashflow!