I shan’t be blogging so much for a while because I’ve started to write a novel, and it’s taking up all my creative energy.
So far the experience has been a revelation. I understand now the suggestions on writing sites, and everything we covered on my novel-writing week in the north of England two years ago. That being the need to make a plan, to do research and to think deeply about the personalities of the characters: none of it seemed necessary when I was only writing novellas and short stories, but now suddenly I’m doing all that and it makes sense. Even the comments that writing advisers make about leaving the editing till later suddenly resonates; I’ve always done most of it as I go along, but with a novel that would slow you down to an unacceptable degree.
It all goes to show that different kinds of advice are relevant for different types of fictional work, and a lot of what you come across is geared towards novels.
I haven’t abandoned the chaos magick, but I’m working with a new entity from one of those Goetic categories. Is that why this post sounds so normal? Not at all: I’m still a mad chaos magician, but all the chaos magicians suddenly get conventional when they talk about writing skills. My friend Joe Forrest here on WordPress keeps saying your first draft is ‘always shit’ (written in red) even though I’ve commented that if I write something in an inspired state of gnosis, and edit it a little bit at the time………it stays in.
My stories are still going to be positive with a happy ending, because as the egregores say to the humans “find your own voice”, and that’s my voice.