So those of you that follow what I post regularly will have noticed that I fell off the grid for a week or so. That’s because I’m in the process of moving house, managing a university assessment and working. I should build some more time in to create content but honestly haven’t felt able to. So given that I can’t sleep at 4am with a full day of moving furniture tomorrow I thought I’d give you all a quick update.
What am I writing at the moment, well two things.
- My dissertation
- My assessment
- See above ^
Whilst I enjoy my degree I find it difficult to focus on my own projects when all of my writing and reading time is taken up by assessment work. Assessment work can be fun, I often enjoy the challenge but it means that I have less time and will to work on my own private projects such as The Adventures of Georgia the Bearded (A fun, laid back and over the top comedy that I write mainly for stress relief) or continuing my science fiction stories. But complaining aside I have some fun projects I’m focusing on at the moment.
For the assessment I am writing a sit com. This is my first attempt at writing a script and so far I have to say that I am enjoying the process and finding it a great way to practice writing character. The dialogue heavy and description sparse style of most scripts means the words have to convey meaning and character clearly or risk misinterpretation or failing to engage your readers/audience. To get around the issue of creating characters from scratch I decided that I would follow in the footsteps of Rick Riordan; take the Greek gods, trap them in an apartment with their powers all but gone and see what followed.
So far its been a lot of fun trying to use a modern day context but incorporate the centuries of godly squabbling into my character dynamic. This has been successful giving my characters more tension off the bat because of the preconceptions or prior knowledge that my audience will approach my script with. Zeus and his promiscuous nature are well known, as is the fact that the Greek gods were a petty bunch: something that I have done my best do display.
The dissertation has been a little more difficult to write, I suspect because of the subject matter. My sit com is comedy, I get to write sly and barbed dialogue with the aim of making people laugh, invariably leading to me amusing myself. The dissertation as I mentioned in an earlier blog post is a fantasy incorporating modern political allegory. This means that the recent events in America involving the separation of children from their parents has warranted study and a place in the story, I’ve been doing some research into child soldiers. All in all heavy stuff that can make me feel a little scummy to write.
So yeah I’ve nearly completed my script barring final edits and I have got a good chunk of my dissertation written, hoping to get a good amount more down on paper over the weekend and coming week. So that’s it really, sorry for the waffly post but I thought I’d update you on comings and goings.
Have a great day
To be honest although I’ve had two months to get on with my dissertation I must somewhat unhappily admit that I haven’t done nearly as much work on it as I wanted to. Life got in the way. Continue reading “Writing Journal: Dissertation”
For a module entitled Contemporary Writing, I wanted to do something a little different. Play with some of the themes the ‘Contemporary’ texts I was reading for my course had highlighted
In the last update I gave you a brief overview of what I was working on and my plans for a module assessment. My plan for the module being to write something focused on experiences of the Trojan war. This is no longer the case. Continue reading “Writing Journal: Module Assessment”
Hullo! Exciting news!
Those of you who follow my Facebook and Twitter likely already saw the news that my submission to Beyond the Walls had been accepted for publication. It feels slightly surreal, now with the book in my hands, realising that I actually did it, I got myself into a professional publication being distributed potentially world wide by Valley Press. I’m not sure why but the small publishers logo at the bottom of the cover makes everything seem so much more official. (That and signing contracts and things once my submission had been accepted)
So yeah that’s me, chuffed to be in it with a number of amazing creative writers studying at York St John University. I would like to thank all those whose hard work went into making the publication a reality and those friends of mine who pestered me into submitting my work on time!
For those who would like to, here is a link to the Valley press page on which you may purchase a copy.
Thanks for reading!
Hugh here with a quick update as to the projects I am currently working on. I’ve got two major projects on the boil at the moment, both of them assessments for my MA one of which I am a little less certain of than the other.
My dissertation project, which I’ll talk about first is fairly simple in premise; take the High Fantasy genre that I love and adore, and update it using allegory. To do this I am taking recent events, tragedies and disasters, studying them and the effects that they had and implementing a version of this in my novel. (Sadly the world is throwing me a number options but more on that later.) For example Grenfell tower will become a slum wide fire reflecting the poverty of the area and the responses to this will be based on arguments made by politicians, landlords and survivors of the Grenfell tower fire. Obviously it wont be word for word but a general gist or sentiment will hopefully be distilled should I be successful. For this I am completely revamping an old universe to the point of non recognition, the only thing it has in common is names at this point, will likely post some draft work when I have something I would consider half way decent to show.
The second project is for a module assessment and for this I was hoping to do a false biography focusing on different experiences of Troy or the Trojan war growing up. Taking the reader through from cartoon books to studying the Iliad for an A Level in classical civilisation. I’m still not 100% sure how I’m going to approach this, or whether or not this will be the final idea. Right now I’m leaning towards having a narrator introduce the different experiences interspersed with bits of prose and biographical style writing, but we shall see how that goes.
Outside of these two project the main form of writing I am doing is the blog, I’m trying to get at least two posts up a week at present, maybe more depending on how much of a backlog I’ve built up at any one given time.
So that’s me, what about you? Are you writing anything? Let me know in the comments section below.
Take it easy guys!
Over and out.