I have decided to write about the process for me to write a book, working on the book at the same time. The character writing the book is fictional and bears no relation to me, well, mostly not.
You will join me on the rollercoaster.
It will be appearing a bit at a time over the coming months, with the first instalment below.
I woke to a day where the sun was shining through the crack in the curtains. It was not so much the brightness, but the fact it was moving, the gentle breeze moving the curtains and creating a strobing effect.
It was the first day of the rest of my life.
I was about to start the next Pulitzer Prize for literature. Or something like that.
For so many years now my life had been weighed down by the monotony of a job I hated, a life that was going nowhere, and the pursuit of that no existent fortune that I believed was the answer to all my problems.
Those prayers to the great God Money were never heeded.
So, contrary to the well-meaning advice everyone gave me, I ignored them all, sold off the albatross around my neck, a house with a gigantic mortgage attached, and moved into a small but comfortable garret in a picturesque part of town.
It was called a ‘renovators’ delight. What did it matter the wallpaper was peeling the paint fading and the carpet had seen better days.
It was mine.
Whether or not in the coming days, weeks, or months, I was a ‘renovator’ would be interesting.
My wife, Anne, had often said I wouldn’t know which end of the hammer to use.
Oh, and did I tell you, I moved on from her, or probably it was the other way around. I’d let her down one too many times, she said, and found someone else more ‘reliable’.
Good for her, my brother had always said she deserved someone better, and it surprised me the marriage lasted as long as it did. I still loved her, I always would.
I sprung out of bed and opened the curtains. Spread out in front of me was a blue sky, bright sunshine casting its glow over the park and gardens opposite.
On my darkest days, I used to sit on a bench and watch the ducks swimming in the pond. I wanted a carefree life like they had, and that was my dream.
Now I was living the dream.
Or would be till the money ran out.
I had enough for a year.
The second bedroom was the writing room. The walls were lined with shelves, books by my favourite authors, books on writing, all dog-eared and well-read.
The typewriter was sitting on the desk waiting for the first words to be written.
I had a computer, but I was not going to use it for the second draft.
I had a supply of writing pads. Like the great authors, I was going to write the first draft by hand, revise, and then type it.
I was going to be old school.
I sat down, picked up a pen, and scratched my head.
I began writing, ‘It was a dark and stormy night’.
That was a far as I got.
Maybe this was going to be harder than I thought.
Perhaps after coffee and toast …
© Charles Heath 2016-2019