First draft of an exercise-type piece of writing. It’s a one-off done in a lunchbreak, not very long, but a shot at reinforcing a practice that’s been missing of late.
I ran into an interesting problem just recently – someone asked to see some of my writing! This was a little outside the norm for me because while I’m always talking about it (and yes, actually doing it), it’s usually only once I fish around for someone to look around at my things that people want to see any of it. Today, basically right now, is a little different.
Today, I’m doing something a little different. I’ll start with the update because it’s all quite relevant to what’s been happening, but then go ahead with this little bit of something extra.
The view isn’t bad. I’ve always been the one that stares at a rainy street, or a light illuminating the green surrounds. There’s a beauty there in what’s constructed, or inside the average, mundane presence of the world. I need to be clear about that.
I’ve been wanting to say these next four words for a while-
With my writing group,
From all the mentions of a wife and the fact I’m saying “Hey guys, I wrote this to propose” it’s a fair assumption that you know how things went.
I had an idea about the setting from the very start. I knew (despite steampunk itself feeling overplayed at the moment) that I wanted it to involve gears.
There’s some clear influences at work in Clockmaker’s Folly, and I’d say that the most obvious influence (though perhaps not obvious to others) was the character of Grace.
Originally when I looked into the whole idea of turning the story into a book, I wasn’t really sure how long it was going to take to write – or at one stage, how long it was going to be.There was a point where I really needed to start wrapping things up, though didn’t know precisely how it was meant to be.
Last February, I decided to write a short story for my then-girlfriend. I took inspiration from books, games and TV shows that were dear to us, plus little in-jokes. I used Elements Method. It was going to be 3-4 pages long, and be a Valentine’s Day gift.