So this will be the final blog post in 2013, and I must say it’s been an interesting adventure in jotting down and posting my (usually) random thoughts on writing and the journey (thus far) in pondering, plotting and writing my series saga. While I haven’t made much stride forward in the actual writing of the first novel in the first part of the three-part series saga, I managed to gather some interesting plot bunnies, Muses and the occasional plot ninja – the perspective in which the novel is/will be written has changed, as have some of the characters [a few characters “died” and a few others were moved to another series] and a few other details.
While I may not have been actively writing as much as I probably could have, I have been reading and re-reading other things – my own works (narrative false starts, discarded character development and plot points) as well as published novels – to stimulate my Muses into working through the perpetual writer’s block. Also, I’ve joined “Writers World” a writing group on Facebook which has lesson posts on style and grammar and is a place to posted sample works for constructive feedback and critique. I have yet to post any of my own work there, as it is still very much a work in progress that changes every now and then, but I do hope to do so eventually once I get over my own insecurities about my own ideas (though I did participate in a round robin science fiction story within the group, which was a fun collaborative experience).
Other quasi-random year-end musings: in reference to this week’s blog title, as 2013 is quickly coming to a close, and with 2014 just nearly around the corner, the theme of endings and renewal is naturally prevalent. It also has another meaning for me, at least when it concerns some of the influences to my writing process and sensibility (as I might have cited in earlier posts):
Ending: 2013 saw the end of the Poirot series on ITV after 25 years – David Suchet has achieved a feat that no other actor (to my knowledge) has done: he has inhabited the role of Hercule Poirot in every story Agatha Christie ever wrote about the little Belgian. Of course, the final batch of episodes have aired in the UK, and won’t be seen in the US until probably late 2014, at which time it would truly be 25 years since the series first aired in the UK in 1989. I remember first seeing the Poirot series sometime in the 1990s on PBS’ “Mystery!” series (now called “Masterpiece Mystery”), which was a tremendous influence on my decision to start writing my own stories (and was also my introduction to Agatha Christie, which lead to my discovering other great mystery authors).
Ending/Renewal: 2013 was also the 50th anniversary of the first airing of Doctor Who, as well as the (fairly recent) departure of Matt Smith, the 11th Doctor, and the (very brief) introduction to Peter Capaldi, the 12th Doctor; Doctor Who is a relatively new influence on my writing sensibility and plot musing, though I had been aware of the series before I started to watch the show in earnest this year. Regardless of what most Whovians (the official? designation of Doctor Who fans) believe (if Facebook, tumblr and other social media posts are to be believed) I enjoyed the intricate plots that have arisen as late, mainly from the current lead writer and producer Steven Moffat – the characterization and the story arcs that make sense in the end once the answers (or at least as we know them to be) are revealed. While I was sad to see Matt Smith go, I’m looking forward to what new nuances Peter Capaldi (a Doctor Who fan himself) will bring in the new year.
2013 has been quite a year for kick-starting (again) my writing endeavor and I do hope in 2014 I actually finish extracting at least one of the many, many stories bouncing around in my head. I was never really one to make resolutions (or at least resolutions to which I would adhere) but maybe I should, if only to give myself an internal deadline /prompt to keep me motivated.
Ring out the old, and ring in the new – see you all (I hope) in 2014!