The Sunday Circle is the weekly check-in where I ask the creative-types who follow this blog to weigh in about their goals, inspirations, and challenges for the coming week. The logic behind it can be found here. Want to be involved? It’s easy – just answer three questions in the comments or on your own blog (with a link in the comments here, so that everyone can find them).
After that, throw some thoughts around about other people’s projects, ask questions if you’re so inclined. Be supportive above all.
Then show up again next Sunday when the circle updates next, letting us know how you did on your weekly project and what you’ve got coming down the pipe in the coming week (if you’d like to part of the circle, without subscribing to the rest of the blog, you can sign-up for reminders via email here).
What am I working on this week?
It’s been nearly six weeks since I’ve had serious time to devote to fiction rather than thesis drafting, but I’m finally at the point where all the urgent things have been submitted and the next wave is yet to hit. That means my schedule opens up to start prepping You Don’t Want To Be Published for release and familiarise myself with Hell Track once again. I’m going to spend a week working on one particular character’s scenes in the latter, trying to get the spine of their narrative down.
What’s inspiring me this week?
I’ve been re-watching Season 4 of Doctor Who over the last week, largely because my partner hasn’t seen this part of the series. At the same time, I’ve been re-reading Russel Davies The Writers Tale, where he talks about the process of writing/showrunning season 4 with a journalist. It’s an interesting experience: you see the season arc developing from its early stages, gradually getting fleshed out and altering in response to real-world concerns about actor availability. You also get more insight into how ideas develop into stories – and what Davies looks for, in particular – than you’d get out of a dozen ‘how to write’ books.
What action do I need to take?
I’ve let my newsletter slide over the last few weeks through a combination of too little time and too much I want to do with it in the short-term. I really need to sit down and start clarifying the project a little better, including a list of all the current things that are currently getting in the way of me actually writing regularly.