Monday 12th February 2018
When I was young, I used to keep a diary. Every night I would write about my day, as boring as it might be. In many ways, The Climb is an extension of that, taking that documenting of a day and turning it into something very much focus on my writing career.
Of course, the real story of The Climb is what happens over time. Day to day there’s very little of interest, and who’s to say that something I thought too inconsequential to mention might have big repercussions down the line as it gets spun into an idea for a story or a book. But The Climb isn’t intended to be perfect and it would be pretty long and boring if it went over every idea or thing I did during the day.
So instead, I try and capture my mood. I try and document the things pre-occupying my mind, the media I’m consuming, the things making me rage. The idea is that going forward, you might see why something was an angry book or why I took a character in a certain direction.
But life changes, and I’m in a different place now to where I was a year ago. In the last 6 months I’ve allowed myself to have a bit of a social life and with that comes the question of how much do I share?
Publishing is filed with long droughts where nothing happens. Take now… I’m waiting back on book 1, I’ve just had stuff on book 2 I’m not ready to start fixing. And so, as far as my writing career goes, not a lot of obvious stuff is currently going on.
I think these times are the interesting parts. This is where the ideas form. But they come slowly out of the shadows. Read a month of The Climb during these times and I think you can see the ideas emerge.
But as day to day content goes? I really struggle during these times. What do I do when all the work is subconscious… where everything is consumed and processed but not ready to be spat out yet.
I’ve experimented a little. I’ve tried to create the odd edition where I might talk about a certain topic in publishing and give my viewpoints on the matter. But it’s far too easy to stray off the core idea of this being a daily document of my progress, and turn it into a series of essays that try to be timeless rather than of documenting that moment.
So I find myself slipping the other way… where I start talking about personal stuff. I’m not talking about the swordfighting or my health which kind of tie in… but about friendships and relationships where it impacts other people’s privacy. Often, this is not me documenting my day, but me trying to figure things out in my own head. And I think it strays away from the core idea of The Climb and turns it more into a daily journal.
So the idea of getting a diary and writing it each day, is that I have a space to do that. Where I can be more personal, where I can work out my own thoughts through a stream of consciousness, where I can confess my fears without fear of judgement.
I’m not sure how this will impact The Climb. In my head I can see the distinction clearly, yet I don’t feel I can explain it. But I found writing in a diary very therapeutic this evening and I think it’ll lead to better editions of The Climb as the head noise will be removed to be replaced only with the things that are relevant.
We’ll see though. Everything is a journey.
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