I’ve figured out I’m more productive when I’m alone; now I’m figuring out if I write better during the day or at night. Why? I here you ask. Well, it’s 1.36am and I can’t sleep. So I did what many of us do in such a situation – I checked Twitter. Lo and behold, what do I find – a writing competition!
Jericho Writers has challenged authors to pitch their novel in one tweet by 5pm today (Thursday 26th March). I know I said I wouldn’t do any more competitions, but this is too much fun to ignore.
It’s micro-writing. Twitter allows 280 characters, including spaces, per tweet. So far in this blog post I have used double that allowance. You see the challenge in this? Delicious!
What am I going to promote? As it happens, I’ve been working on two novels for the past year.
The first novel is based on letters my great-grandmother received during world war one. The story is a fictionalized exploration of the friendship that develops between an English Red Cross volunteer in an army hospital in Oxford, and an Australian officer admitted to the hospital with a mysterious illness. In the story, their friendship helps her deal with suppressed emotions from her brother’s death earlier in the war; while it helps the soldier deal face the prospect of his death, and the stigma of being surrounded by soldiers injured in battle, whilst having no war injury himself. Their friendship is platonic, which adds another element to the story.
Hmmm, difficult to encapsulate in 280 characters – including spaces!
My other novel is bit more risqué. Ok, a lot more risqué. It’s a collection of inter-related short stories about my experiences as a gay man, from a teenager to my fifties. The stories examine the relationships I’ve had in my life, from infatuations to one-night stands to boyfriends. The working title of this novel is My heart is broken but the condom’s ok: An erotic and neurotic journey through a gay man’s life. That one should be easier to tweet about, as that’s a tweet right there!
Let’s hope writing this in the middle of the night sparks some extra creativity in me.