Wednesday, 24 December 2008


This is a blog about writing. Other things may intrude from time to time if something occurs to me which feels interesting enough to discuss, but mainly it is supposed to be about writing. More specifically, it's about trying to write a science fiction novel when you have only a very limited idea of how you are meant to do it.

There are a great many blogs on the web written by successful, published authors, describing the experience of writing. Many of them are very good and very interesting. This is a blog from the point of view of someone who is still learning how to write. I hope it may still turn out to be interesting.

One of the things I find about much of the "how to write" advice given by published authors is that they seem to have forgotten how difficult writing is. I, on the other hand, am well aware of how difficult it is because I am still struggling to overcome the difficulties. This blog will be a record of problems and also, if I am lucky, one or two solutions.

For what it's worth, I am not a complete novice as a writer. I have made short fiction sales to professional and semi-professional markets. I have some kind of clue about what I am doing. But as I have discovered, writing a full-length novel is several orders of magnitude more difficult that writing a short story, or even a novella.

One last note about this blog. I read a little while ago a quote to the effect that people who have finally realized that they lack what it takes to be a writer but are not ready to admit it just yet take up writing about writing instead. Since I would prefer this not to happen to me, I plan to only update this blog once my writing quota for the day is achieved and once my regular day job has had the hours I owe it. This may well mean that things go quiet for long periods of time.