Flipping and Flopping

Had a re-think, maybe I need to do more research on the crime writing front. I’ve made a start on the story, but I keep getting bogged down in what I suspect are unnecessary details and I’m not yet clear what to do about that.

In the meantime, I’ll return to the second in the Leprechaun series and move that along a bit. It’s already got a few thousand words written and I have an idea where the story is going to go.

Interesting differences in approach to writing received at last week’s Harrogate International (Theakston’s Old Peculiar) Crime Writing Festival: John Grisham said that he plots his whole story out, chapter by chapter in advance of the actual writing. Lee Child, on the other hand, says he has no real idea of what’s going to happen, he just follows the story through, “I’d be bored with it if I knew the ending in advance.”

In a way I’d like to be able to do things the Grisham way, but other than a vague general idea, I don’t usually know what’s happening in the next chapter. So it looks like I’m following in Lee Child’s footsteps – all I need now are the book-sales to go along with it.

Slow Going

Crime writing is somewhat new to me so things are going to take a while to develop but at least I’ve got five thousand words down since I started it. Current title is ‘Linked Secrets’ although that might change later.

A DCI and a DS are running the case, but they still don’t know who the deceased is. a slightly mutilated body in a shallow grave is a reasonable starting point for a murder mystery.  I have an idea that there will be a few more bodies before the case is solved. Still wondering if the case is because of a single incident, like a blackmail, or if its just a random pyscho killing. I guess all will be revealed in due course.

Heard back from Valley Press about the Lemmie book.  they aim to give me a decision by the end of August, so at least they have received it and not dismissed it out of hand, which is at least mildly encouraging.

All Over the Place

Been away and busy for a while, so this hasn’t been updated recently. But now I’m back and getting stuck in again.

Last week we were at the Harrogate Crime Writers Festival. Some very interesting speakers and some very big names – Lee Child, John Grisham,  Ann Cleves, Val McDiarmid etc. Plus quite a few names that were new to me and new authors mixed in there as well. Quite inspiring to hear some of these people speak, how and why they did what they did.

I’ve put Lemmie and crew to one side for a little while and I’m now having a look at writing a crime story, a murder/police procedural. It’s not clear yet how far I’ll get with it but watch this space and keep up.

I submitted the manuscrioptfor Luck is a Leprechaun to Valley Press just on the off chance that they might publish it in a traditional way. They say they’ll reply within about 30 days, so here’s hoping.