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I have many irons in many fires, aside from short stories, learning how to write screenplays, I have decided to resurrect a work I had hitherto left dormant for 12 months.  In 2013 I entered the first 10,000 words of a novel I named Salvation into the Richard and Judy ‘Search for a Bestseller’.  I did not get very far in the competition and then I learned of the premise for Christopher Nolan’s most recent offering, Interstellar.  the plot to the movie struck many chords and I felt the stories were too similar for me to continue. 

I am a huge Nolan fan, and I enjoy his films and am influenced by his style of storytelling.  However, when I eventually watched Interstellar on DVD, as I don’t get to the cinema anymore, the hazards of having children, I realised that it was a very different story that has a premise that is slightly similar.  My heart was overjoyed, it meant that I could continue with my tale and develop the characters that I poured so much time and effort into.   My only issue then was confidence.  I lacked it, and I felt that the work maybe did not live up to how I felt about it a year ago. 

I re-read the work and was delighted to see that although there was flaws within it a lot of it was good, some of it very good.  I determined that it was time I dusted it off, re worked the parts that failed and finish it off.  Tell the story as I want it to be told.  So I am.  I am feeling positive about the work again and enjoying getting to know the characters once again.  If I am to be asked any advice about working on a novel by a new writer it would be tis, write it, edit it, then forget about it and look again after a while, you will view it very differently. 

So I have a new plan, and this is what it is.  Over the next 2 months I will work to complete Salvation, I made a good start this evening adding 1500 words, if I can maintain that sort of pace I should have a workable manuscript by the end of August.  I am having a holiday in the last week of August and attending a wedding of two fantastic people and can’t wait for my first proper holiday with my children.  During that week away I will not write, I will not read about writing, I will take a break.  When I return I will begin the edit.  I will look objectively and subjectively at what works and what doesn’t, I will do the rewrites and cutting of extraneous sections.  and by Christmas I will have a completed manuscript to give to friends and family for their reading and suggestions. 

Then by January 2016 I will begin the submission process and send the work out to agents.  In the meantime I will also work on my screenplay and I intend to also have one completed by Christmas. 

Over the past 12 months I have thought a lot about writing, and have come to the conclusion that I must be patient, I must work hard, by the time I have submitted and been rejected by the agents I will be underway on more works, I have so many ideas and work has already commenced on those.  But I am trying not to get too distracted and overloaded, I am going to finish the two projects in hand.  That is my aim for the second half of 2015 and 2016 will be the year I get signed and get published!

for those that have been following my posts of late, you will know I am about to enter a new stage of writing development.  I am going to undertake the task of writing a screenplay.  It is a daunting task, that much is certain.   For if there was rejection in writing before that will now be massively shadowed by the rejections I am sure to come in the future.  But, I have an idea, and it is strong, very strong.  It is an idea I had some time ago and could never quite get it to work as a piece of prose.  It was never the right medium for the piece.  I feel, that, a screenplay would work for the tale.  

My issue is that it is dark, the subject is terrifying and I am reflecting in what it says about me.  The subject matter would be right at home coming from Clive Barker, for those that know his work will understand that the subject matter is grim.  Mr Barker has written some truly horrendous work, his most famous creation, the Cenobite Pinhead, is regarded as one of horrors great icons.  My story is not as gore soaked as Hellraiser but does touch on some of the same themes.  Pinhead, as a character, is not what is horrorfying in Hellraiser and the cruel and unusual punishments he doles out are not what is horrific.  No, it is the souls that’s seek such terror, it is the characters that seek the hellish pleasures and how there warped murderous minds are truly the subject of such terror.  It is themes such as this that make truly great horror fiction. 

There was a spell, and it is still prevalent, within Hollywood that a horror film should be blood drenched gore.  This is it what true horror is about, it detracts from what is frightening.  I wish to address this, return to the glory days of cinematic terror.  Horror’s greatest characters are not generally supernatural, it is the soul of mankind that provides a suspense and fright that can be used to create a chill in the spine.

I have been a horror officianado for some time, I used to get her with friends on asaturday night, as a teenager, and watch any and all films that are designed to send shivers down the spine.  I read a great deal of fiction based in that’s genre.  I have encyclopaedic knowledge of the fiction of the paranormal, supernatural (yes there is a difference) and the ethereal. But, I have nevertheless come across anything quite like what is currently roaming the recesses of my mind.

I entitled this blog into the darkness, and that’s what I mean, for I am opening my mind to the dark places no one wants to think about, opening my mind to such terror that it sends shivers down my spine.  I have not been frightened by a film since I was 16, and what I have concocted is darkness imagined.  What does that say about me, am I a bad person? Does the darkness exist within me?  Just because I imagine bad things am I a bad person?  Within us all are bad thoughts, we are conditioned by our youth to destinguish between what is right and what is evil, and it is my belief it is when the lines between the two are blurred that we find the horror.  That is the basis for my screenplay, the characters I have in mind are engaging a definite yin/yang, two sides of the same coin.   The basic premise is this, what if two characters who share a common upbringing, a similar and shared sense of ideals follow different paths, the divergence of right and wrong.  It has the theme that we are all led to believe that evil is fundamental and is imbedded within us, no matter what we do we cannot escape the fact some are born good, some are born evil.  

Anyway, I waffle on.  I have so much to say on this subject that I should just get it down on paper.  Hopefully the theme will appear in my story, that what my thoughts are will reveal themselves into a tale of terror.