It seems that writing the novel is not the hard part. I have no trouble getting the words on paper.
It’s the editing I hate.
For instance, the latest book on the chopping block was one that I wrote nearly 40 years ago, and it shows it’s age. The location is nothing like it used to be, the working conditions were totally different, and it was in an age before computers and mobile phones.
So, editing is difficult because I want to leave it in the period it was written.
Do you know how hard it is not to get the MC to pick up a mobile phone and call, or, for that matter, send a text?
This was an age of telephone communication, where public phones were the mobile phone of the age, and telegrams were the text equivalent.
If you wanted to say something, you had to arrange a meeting, and then say it face to face.
How on earth did anyone get anything done, how did people meet, and then communicate?
Oh, yes, letters.
Ask a ten-year-old today what a letter is, and you might get an answer of ‘bills’, but only if their parents go to the letterbox and pull out those dreaded window-faced envelopes.
Was every relationship basically long-distance, even when you might, in reality, be only one or two suburbs away?
It’s being hard to cast my mind back to those old days, and try not to let the 2019 trappings creep in.
Of course, there are the other problems of writing from back then, it is a bit messy, but the core of the story doesn’t need tampering with.
It is also a reminder of how easy relationships are these days with the constant bombardment of calls and texts to keep the dream alive, and, sadly, how easy it is to break up.
Back then you would have to survive from meeting to meeting, perhaps once a week, or maybe, if you worked in a city, once a day, briefly. The idea of telephone communication would sometimes be offputting because you dreaded the possibility of talking to a parent.
Perhaps we should go back to those days because it seems to me that more people of my generation are still together because back then it required a different kind of commitment to keep it going.
OK, time to climb back in the time capsule!