This is a nice one to end September on. Another of the books that has been in progress is a short story collection. Recently as part of the ‘Dating the Page’ project I’ve begun to scrutinise all the books I started years ago that have remained in a state of limbo. Some of the questions I ask of myself…
Are these worth keeping or do I scrap them?
Are they/Is it predictable?
Are they/Is it crap?
Has it been done before?
Surely it must have been done before?
Could someone doing a writing course do this better?
Could someone half my age do them better?
Is my writing voice distinctive?
Do I even have a writing voice?
Does it matter if I don’t have a ‘voice’ and write in a variety of style and/or medium?
And so the birthday month concludes for another year. ‘September’s here again’ becomes ‘If I Could Make September Stay.’ More info on the process in due course.