I get very easily distracted.
This isn’t new information, I’ve told you it before. Books, TV, computer games, alcohol, all of these stop me from writing.
Even now, it’s taken over fifteen minutes just to write these opening few sentences, and that’s because I’ve been watching Back to The Future (Part 2)
However, just because I’ve been distracted, doesn’t mean I haven’t done anything since the last time I updated you on my writing. I am making the assumption here that you care. If you don’t care, you’re likely not reading this blog anyway.
So what have I been doing?
For a while, actually not much. Work for me goes pretty crazy in the few months prior to Christmas, and this year has been no exception, especially with the lack of an assistant (something which is still causing me problems).
But I returned and blogged with a vengeance at the beginning of January with a post about the Lucy Beale murder mystery in EastEnders. That post went crazy with over a hundred visitors in one day.
In the course of January this year, my blog achieved fifty percent of the traffic is had achieved in the whole of 2014. It seems that people like to read about EastEnders almost as much as I enjoy writing about it.
I’m going to do a few more blog posts about pop culture where and when I can – it’s a great traffic driver and watching those stats go up certainly boosts your self confidence.
I also enjoyed writing the post and it helped me get my narrative juices back.
You may recall I sent out my novel – I sent it to six different agents last summer, and three people responded – all with no.
Then one of the negative responders came back asking to see more. Rather excited, I sent them the rest of the novel – and then came back with no.
So I’m officially putting the novel on rest again, but Memories of a Murder will live on in screenplay form, as I’m currently adapting it for submission to the Writers Room on the BBC website.
BUT… within the last week or so, an idea that has been bubbling under in my head for the better part of a year now, finally clicked into place and I worked out exactly what I was going to do.
“The Project” is under way, and best of all, at the end of it, I don’t need an agent, I don’t need a publisher, or a TV producer. It just needs a lot of hard work from me, and for me to be happy with the end result.
And then I’ll drop it like a Beyonce album, when you’re all least expecting it.
I have index cards, some new pens, blu tack, and a ball of string, and I’m ready to go.
And that’s all I’m telling you about it. For now at least. In the meantime, watch this space.
Or watch EastEnders.