Desert Of Zin

The occasional blog of Alistair Bain – Writer, Husband, Father and Chief Techno-Arcanologist at the Institute of Giant Robots, Spaceships and Wizards. None of these positions pay well.

Stories about time, ghosts and haunted houses

Time is an difficult subject to write about. Normally it becomes a time travel story and I don’t know if there’s much new to tell with them. (If in a few months/years I write a time travel story and am convinced I’m bringing something new to the concept, ignore this post.)

I was writing a short something for Coffee Rings and Beautuiful Things on the subject of time but it.. just.. doesn’t.. seem.. to.. work.. Ah, well. Still got a week to get something in the can and send it over.  Ruthy has a painting on the site. You can see it here.

I’ve been particularly challenged by this idea:

Finish your story, let go even if it’s not perfect. In an ideal world you would have both, but move on. Do better next time.

I’ve been challenged especially as I’ve been ruminating over a few stories that are done but not “done”. The editing fairy has not sprinked enough magic dust to make the stories good yet. (Of course, perhaps I should stop relying on the non-specific reliability of the editing fairy.)

The other two I’ve been a-pondering on were the ghost story I previously mentioned here and a haunted house story that ends too quickly.

Editing is a task I tend to prefer to writing a first draft but for these three I think an extra period of settling time is in order. And there are always more stories to tell in the meantime.

Recently I’ve not been spending a lot of time doing actual writing. I’ve not been sleeping well at night so my waking hours have seen me being a bit more tired/grumpy/irritable than usual. :)  And these things do not make me a better writer.

September 18, 2013 at 6:08 pm | Rules, Writing | Tags: , , , , , | No comment