Sunday, 24 May 2009

It's so hard to write a bleeding romance novel - and a bouquet for The Book Group

In the final scene of the brilliant 12-part TV series, The Book Group, the main character Clare sits down at her computer to try to write her novel.

She is transported into the role of the heroine on horseback in the sand dunes in an Arabian desert, where she is joined by her hero, a sheik upon his steed.

Their dialogue, mostly in Arabic with subtitles, goes:

Hero: Where are you going?
Heroine: Who knows, hombre. Que sera sera.
Hero: What do I say here?
Heroine: I'm not sure. I think it should be something kind of romantic, leaving it open for us to get together later on.
Hero: Right.
Heroine: I'll think of something later.
Hero: Revision.
Heroine: Right.
Hero: Anything else?
Heroine: Peace.
Hero: Peace. God willing.

As someone who has been poised to write a novel for the past 25 years, I feel for Clare. I understand her pain. I know the blank page and the frustration when there is no inspiration (I once heard a playwrite/novelist/artist - fill the blank - say he felt sorry for all those intelligent people who wanted to work in the arts but just didn't have 'IT'. What he meant was not everyone has a book in them. Sometimes I think that's me).

However, thanks to my new romance writing bootcamp friends, over the past few months I have moved closer to my goal. I have written 37,000 words of my first romance novel and I can see a flickering light at the end of the tunnel.
DON'T BLOW IT OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Now I've wasted half the morning - dropping daughter to work, shopping, getting petrol, unpacking shopping, stuffing face and writing this stupid time-wasting blog, I might have a moment to write... after I take the dog for a walk, oh, and do some housework.
A'Salaam Insha'lah.


Anita Joy said...

oh Shayne, that dialogue cracked me up. It is so me at the moment. Thanks for sharing.

Carol said...

I'm impressed! 37,000 words...
brilliant - and you've still had time to write the bloody blog!!

Monique Wood said...

Woo hoo on the 37,000 words! You'll be finished in no time!!!

Good luck with it :-)