Hi lovely people,
This is something I’ve been wanting to do this for a while; a short film showing where I write and explaining a little about the process. I knew from the start that if I was going to write consistently I would need a special place to do it, a positive, creative environment. This shows where it all happens.
I hope you like it!
As always, get in touch. Say hi, let me know what you think of the film etc.
P.s. Please note, I’m updating my website (work in progress) and also have a NEW EMAIL address. firstname.lastname@example.org Add this to your email thingy so I don’t get blocked.
Transcript of the film below… (with most of the urms and ahhh’s taken out : )
Today I’m going to be taking you through some behind the scenes stuff on how I write my books but also, showing you where I write as well. My day starts pretty early and the main thing for me? Coffee. My day definitely starts with one of these. A good strong coffee fuels pretty much everything I do.
But I want to show you where I work because that’s an important part of what I do. I knew fairly early on that if I could, it would be great to have somewhere to write that was away from everything else. So when I moved here I was lucky enough to have a garage which I then converted myself into a studio.
And I know a lot of authors that have this and it can be anywhere. It can be a place under the stairs or a spare room or anywhere like that. For me, it just felt really important to have a completely separate area that I could make mine and I could leave with all my writing stuff scattered. I am extremely lucky to have this and I would like to show you around. Let’s have a look.
This is where I do all of my writing. Let me take you through it. This is Louis. Say hello Louis.
And here you can see I’ve got various different boards. This one is a kind of mood-board. Gives you some idea of where I might be going with my next book… [ Note: One or two spoilers here! ] And here is where I do all my planning. This is something I’m going to talk about in other films. This is where Ian and I put together all the plot-lines and map out the books. As you can see we are in early development and the left side is pretty full because it’s what I’m working on at the moment. And over here are various thoughts and scribbles of things we come up with.
This is where I have all my reference books. Some of my favourites and also books that at the moment could help with the book that I’m writing at the moment. So I try and take as much input as I can – taking a nod from Stephen King really – it’s important to read but also the kind of books that I’m writing at the moment.
Over here, we have all important vinyl. Anyone who has read Downstream will know it’s important to me. I’ve got my Beatles box-set and for all you Star Wars fans out there…. You have to have a light-sabre, obviously!
And this is where I do all my writing, where I sit at this desk and see what comes out. Also, you’ll see the board up here. That’s got quite a lot of character work, stuff Ian and I have worked on with specific characters and some of their traits. A good reminder for me. The important one here; for anyone who has read my hibernation books. This is a Histeridae beetle, where the concept of the histeridae originally came from.
When I’m writing my books, I have a word-count with a manuscript target. So, every day I can see how much I’ve written and I where I am and if I’m on target.
So, there you go. That’s just a small insight into where I do my writing, where my current books are being written and how I do it. See you next time, thanks and happy reading.
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