Thursday 28 March 2019

There's always a story behind the story

To be honest I didn't think I'd get this far.

Harry Walthenson was first thought of in the late 1990s when I was starting to dabble in serious writing.

I was telling one of the receptionists at the place where I worked I could write, and she asked me for an example of my work.

I came up with the idea of a serial, writing several paragraphs and leaving it with a sort of cliff hanger.

Each was about 500 to 1000 words long.

After abolishing it anonymously on the office email system, a new episode each morning.  It was quite amusing that after a few weeks there was a betting pool about who it was writing it.

It came to an abrupt end 52 episodes later when it was inadvertently sent to the GM and he ordered it stopped.

To this day no one knows it was me, but it received quite a few 'accolades'.

The manuscript with a dozen more episodes found it's way to the bottom of a drawer until about a year or so ago when I decided to resurrect it, with its own blog.

With the original version, I had sort of written myself into a corner. 

This, the second version, had given me more scope and freedom to write longer episodes and make some changes to the plot.

In this, the third, I've begun to see the plotline flaws and omissions and going through correcting them, as well as adding a few new characters.

It is the way of things when you write by the seat of your pants.

I will be bringing this the third draft to its conclusion soon, and then there will no doubt, after another short break, be another rewrite, and I'm thinking of writing some of it from different perspectives, not just from Harry's.

But, the story is still very much in the evolutionary stages, and we shall see what happens!

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