I love fire. I really do. I was a firebug as a child (though, not quite as bad as my little brother). We frequently burnt stuff out the back of the farm and enjoyed nothing more than a bonfire – one of the perks of living in the country is that there are always things that need burning off. I even loved incinerating the rubbish because it was all hot and smoky. I loved the way the scent clung to your clothes and skin, infiltrated your nose, and took full possession of the surroundings.
So when this months writing challenge was elements Earth/Air or Fire/Water, it was fairly obvious which one I was going for…
I mean, I did try some other ideas out, but there was nothing sparking. I sat down last night and decided to just start writing – of course flames were the first thing that jumped onto the page.
I think its very easy to write a clichéd story when the elements are involved. It’s a little harder to write something fresh and unique. I’m trying though, I really am. The story is unfolding bit by bit, the words twisting themselves so that they could have multiple meanings and in that I am finding more depth to the world than I’d intended (which is a good thing!).
Hopefully the rest of it comes out okay – I’d like to have the first draft done by the end of the week, though of course, life does tend to get in the way of my *wants* at the moment!
In other news I’m starting to feel antsy about the submissions I have out at the moment. It feels like they have been out for ages, one is past the ‘average’ response time, but hasn’t yet hit the ‘query if we haven’t responded within xx’ time. I need to get some more things out there, but pretty much every story I have on the go at the moment has a market lined up! Not a bad thing, but it does take away the fun of browsing for potential homes. There is plenty going on at the moment, but I feel almost like I am doing nothing at all. Very strange. Need some more forward momentum, or at least the feel of it!