Monday, 9 January 2017

Writing - The moment of procreation

I am not referring to sex but the moment of inception of a new story or poem.

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I believe that I have experienced that excitement a number of times. I have written 11 full length novels and the excitement was definitely there at the beginning, however, I was beginning to feel that the experience was waning. (I haven't written prose since October). Saturday, in conversation with friends, subjects arose that began to stir the sleeping muse.

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The stirring raised dilemmas as to which I start to write and whether to continue in the Steele genre or to move on to something different. The subject matter is futuristic and speculative so not easily applied to the Steele format.
I have written a dystopian novel and the subjects I am considering are more akin to that genre but would stand alone from Cessation


The story is a speculative journey into a possible future that may lie ahead of us all. There is evidence that such a future may not be impossible. We have been warned that unless we increase the ability to produce electricity there could be power cuts in the next ten years. Our modern day lives are permeated through with the need for electricity and its production.
Although Cessation could be categorised as a dystopian story I find that rather a negative word and the purpose of writing the tale is to allow elements of hope in a seemingly desperate situation.
The story begins in 2023 a couple of years after the lights go out for the last time. Our group of survivors are thrown together on a farm in the low Pennines north of the M62 motorway and within striking distance of a number of northern towns which could prove useful for supplies. Initially the group is small and live on a farm called Serendipity but as time passes the size of the group waxes and wanes for a variety of reasons.

It would be quite exciting to select one of the many political situations that exist today and project into the future with possible consequences.

God Bless