Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Daily Write In

Well, I've had an eventful day so far and managed to exceed my daily objective of 500 words. Grand total today stands at 850. I've only stopped due to telephone interruptions (people just don't seem to realise that I'm at least trying to be writer in residence) and now lunch -well it's only right to keep your strength up -the brain requires feeding.

I keep having to stop in mid flow (writing that is) and skip back to my research on place. The setting is so important and I have a few different places in France to bring alive in the book. All I have to go on at the moment is what I've collected from pictures, books and film/programmes. It's not that bad I guess but it leaves me feeling less than confident. I only hope that I manage to do justice to this by the end of the novel.

It's so important to know place and the majority of writers I know talk about their 'research' trips to various countries. Unfortunately for me I'm not able to hop on a ferry or a plane at the drop of a hat and there's no way I'm going to make it across the channel this year. Nor is there any way that I'm prepared to leave my novel waiting until I do make the trip, so it has to be like this. I'm sure all will turn out well in the end. Worst case scenario is that I make the trip in desperation next year and rewrite the necessary sections.

Isn't it interesting how pictures can fuel your imagination? You might immediately start to form the bare bones of a story or poem or you might just be intrigued and want to know more. The picture below was taken sometime during WW2. A 2500 lb unexploded German bomb fell outside the University College Hospital in London. The picture depicts the police evacuating people prior to the army defusing the bomb. The next one is from a Chateau in Vichy, France, one of the places in my novel. It's a medieval castle dating back to the 13th century and is the ancestral home of the Bourbon-Busset family but now owned by a Swiss gentleman who runs it as a hotel. Apparently Henry V once stayed there.

Chateau De Busset, Vichy, France