|Sculpture - Gardens of Dulwich Picture Gallery|
In the life of the average person things tend to be routine. You get up, go to work, if you have a job, or do those things you usually do - the washing, the cleaning, the shopping etc. So then I guess one then looks to the outside world for inspiration.
Today on my agenda is a trip to the library to take back a couple of books. This time I have to leave without any new books because I am currently reading a book from my backlog and the new book club read is due in very soon.
The book I am reading is Capital by John Lanchester. This book has been adapted for TV and the series begins next week. When I heard this was happening I rushed to start it. I don't normally watch something I've read or if I've seen it I don't normally then read the book. Having been given this book I knew that if I watched the series on TV (which I might well do) I won't read the book. This time I want to do both! So I am around 160 pages into this 570 odd page book and I'm loving it.
With so much still to read here I cannot afford to be sidetracked with library books (and I know I will which is why I have to be strong!). I must finish, or at least read the majority of this book, before the series starts - which I think is on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, back at my novel - the humorous one - I'm fearful that the humour is getting a little bogged down in something darker. Comparing the first chapters with the recent ones there is definitely more deeper stuff. I guess it had to come to bring out the character. I'm also grappling with an ending - not the ending, but something towards the end. It's an idea I had and I'm not sure whether it will work. Maybe I should go with it and see how it runs, even if it means re-writing certain sections of the last few chapters.
I am now well on the way to the finish. Keeping the humour is hard. Sometimes it just comes and I have sat here laughing out loud as I type. It's brilliant when it goes that way. Other times I struggle. There will be time to re-assess it when I edit. I began this not really knowing where the story would go or who my character was beyond his basic personality. Now things are unravelling and I've got to know him. Maybe I will visit him today and add to his story. Sometimes I leave him places while I have a break from him and do other things (I recently left him to write a short story!). Coming back afresh helps.
Well, this is my day today - library, a few chores, a little writing, reading, an hour of belly dancing and finally watching the football tonight knowing my son is somewhere in the crowd.