Wednesday, 5 September 2012

20,000 words in three days to create the ultimate femme fatale!

The school holidays have finished and I’m back to having three mornings a week to myself, plus a couple of evenings a week, for my writing. The holidays have been busy and challenging at times and I have to admit to being more than a little frazzled.

What better way to unwind than a long weekend away in a posh hotel? Only for this trip I am not talking my gorgeous wife but a very foxy and dangerous femme fatale. To be more accurate it will be just me, my laptop and my iPod as I churn out a major section of my next book Three lovers, two bullets.

I’m sure there will be a time when I will agonise over the correct grammar for the title, but this weekend will be all about pouring all out the details that have accumulated in my head and on scraps of paper over the course of the school holidays.

I’m aiming to complete 20,000 words of the book in three days - technically two and a half as I’ll be chucked out of the hotel at midday so I’ll come home with sore hands and bleary eyes. Strangely enough I should also be completely chilled and rested. I think you have be a writer to understand this.

The plot for Three lovers, two bullets started with a dream on a wintry night in Scotland and came into being last year on a scorching hot Barcelona beach where my femme fatale appeared in front of me. I’ve been in love with this character for ages and I’m still not sure whether she is going to give me a happy ending.

It’s no surprise then that the plot starts in Glasgow and heads to Barcelona where it becomes embroiled in Catalan secrets and grudges. It is different to my last novel Working from home being edgier and full of danger. While Working from home has a bohemian edge, this book is the full absinthe-guzzling monty and explores the dark side of love. Of course, there will still be lots of humour, but you’ll be wondering who gets the last laugh.

Hopefully by the end of this weekend I will know!

If you want to be on the waiting list for this book just email me and you’ll be the first to know when the novel is ready for publication. The current plan is to self-publish as an e-book only but this may change with time.


It took about 25 hours of writing but I did just about reach my 20,000 word target on my weekend away. The official word count was 18,000 but I re-wrote various sections of the 9,000 words I had already written so I think it was really over 20,000 words.

The book seems to be working really well although I'm still not 100% sure if my femme fatale is going to come up trumps with a happy ending. She’s got me wrapped around her little finger so I think I’ll leave it up to her.

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