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So …

I’ve hit something of a brick wall.   Ideas are bubbling around for the internet project, which is nice, but the novel keeps running into blind alleys … where it proceeds to assault itself, steal all its own money and then make off into the dark.  The internet project is going to be a mix of vlogs and blogs, allowing readers/viewers to get the kind of sense of each characters’ inner state that can only usually be found in novels.  As the vlogs/blogs won’t be explicitly linked from the beginning, it will be possible for readers/viewers to find their own way through the story.  I suppose it’s a modern take on those Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks from the 80s, with their “Do you attack the troll?  Turn to page 10 for yes, Page 118 for no” … only without the page turning, or, indeed, trolls.

The book on the other hand is beginning to really annoy me.  As I explained before, it began life as a treatment for a  TV series (NB series not serial – although it had an overall story arc, most episodes would have been self-contained).  As such I could get away with a general indication of location, characters and some hint of a story arc without having to go into too much detail.  To pitch a novel (or, indeed, a series of novels) I’m going to need a much more detailed outline of the plot … and every time I think I’ve got things roughly in order I find a character popping up in the wrong place.  At present he keeps doing the equivalent of  Sidney Carton deciding to run off with Lucie Manette rather than sacrifice himself on the gallows at the end of A Tale of Two Cities.  As he’s my favourite character, as well as being the vector for the underlying thesis of the story (which is a potentially rather pretentious plea for rationality), this is causing me all sorts of trouble.

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So, what are the projects that I need to get out of the way this year?

Well, first up come the items with deadlines.  Whatever anyone else may try to tell you, deadlines are wonderful things.  Deadlines mean you have to get the work done by a certain time.  Usually, the existence of a deadline also implies that you are being paid to get the work done by a certain time.   Together, these factors usually mean that the work will get done.  In my case, unfortunately, only one deadline is for work that I’m going to be paid for, in this case writing a promo sketch for a new web TV site.  It’s an interesting brief: I have one actor, one camera and one location (London’s South Bank) with which to suggest a vast internet news-gathering organisation with bases all over the globe.  Hmm.

The other deadline work is coming up with some comedy sketches for a children’s TV show.  Given that the show’s premise is very similar to one I’ve been trying to pitch for years, this should make things easily.  Unfortunately, given that I’ve been pitching the show for years, pretty much every relevant party has already seen the sketches I was planning for it … which means I’ll have to come up with a brand new set for this new show, preferably not stealing any of my old ideas at all.  Given that stealing one’s old ideas is so often a writer’s first temptation, this makes things a bit more challenging than usual.

Both the above have deadlines falling early next week and the kids’ show will need a bit of research before writing.  So will I be putting my other ideas on the back burner?  Let’s see.

And what are these other ideas?  Well, there being no copyright in an idea I’m not going to give anything away about their content but their forms are:

a) A children’s fantasy novel

b) A play

c) A sitcom

d) An idea for an internet drama

Of these (a) and (d) are probably the priorities.  In fact I’m resolving right now that I will produce something, anything on idea (a) every working day.  I hope you’ll hold me to it.

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