Hi everyone - I'd just like to introduce myself - I'm a writer in Australia - I mainly write films and plays, but have gone back to working on a novel - which is what I'd like to discuss most on the board. Film writing I find very easy and natural, novel writing less so. Although I do enjoy the complete control you have over everything - I find when I make films there's just so much out of your control and it can be very frustrating when those things let you down and you can't do anything about it -- so I guess with novel writing you've got enough rope to swing by or to hang yourself with!
I'm in my mid 40's now - and in my early 20's I started a book which was basically a love story set in the mid 21st century - I got about 80% of the book done and basically just burnt myself out on it, so stopped. And it's this book I've come back to now. I think now I've got more distance on what I was writing about - which gives it more perspective and a bit more objectivity - but the stuff with the romance was written quite passionately so I'm hoping to retain all that - just frame it in a less affected way. And of course the future of the world now looks alot different than what I ever could have imagined in the late 80's and early 90's - so I'm going back over and adjusting the technological parts of it all.
The main story line is remaining the same - I've got to write the ending and work over the first 80% of the book. If I can have it all done by the end of next year I'd be happy. Right now I get up early to snatch an hour or so on it before the kids are awake! At the moment I'd say the book will be around 165,000 words.
In simple terms I'd guess you'd say it's a romance set in the future - possibly erotic science fiction - although it has a serious message about the environment.
Anyway I look forward to discussing it here - which subforums would people suggest I use - I guess the fiction/romance and fiction/sci-fi one? I'm also interested in people's thoughts on publishing - I'm thinking of ePublishing at the moment