Week 5

Not much written this week as I was out for the count with some winter lurgy for a couple of days, and had my friend Jude staying with me. Something happened when I was carrying shopping bags back from the supermarket one day though. I was listening to the Stone Roses track I Wanna Be Adored when I started feeling something my main character would feel, and hearing her describe it. Not that unusual, I guess, seeing as that character is in some part based on me. But it got me thinking.

Jude once said a brilliant thing about how film scores have made us all want a soundtrack as we go about our own mundane lives, and we construct stories about the world around us and our place in it while we listen to our iPods (Discmans, Walkmans – it was a while ago).

That comment stuck with me and I remembered it as I rushed back to my flat, put the song on repeat and started writing. It's just a short passage, and I have no idea where it might go in the story (if at all), but I filed it away with my other bits and pieces of writing that aren't titled "chapter 1", "chapter 2" or "chapter 3".

Inspiration comes at funny times. Having tried whole, fidgety days in the library, I'm now trying to break up my writing into chunks of an hour or two at home, with breaks inbetween for cooking or household chores. I'm not sure it's disciplined enough for making progress long-term, and it's a little too indulgent of my tiny concentration span for my liking, but it's amazing how quickly an idea comes to you the minute you leave your desk.

Word count this week: 523 Running total: 9,306