As some of you might now, I have for the last few years struggled with a novel. I got the idea in 2000, started it in connection with a Creative Writing course at the university in 2007, and have given up about three times since then. However, I keep returning to it. I´m not sure if it´s masochism or just that it gives my life meaning, somehow.
Anyway, last time I threw in the towel was last spring. I realized I wouldn´t be able to do it again any differently if I didn´t work for a while at my process, and that´s what I spent all last winter doing. At about half-time, I decided I needed a project to focus on that wouldn´t be too important to me, that I could keep some distance to and actually finish. I decided to write a bunch of short stories - in English.
It was a good decision. It short-circuited the perfectionist in me, and allowed me creative freedom. At the same time, it was a bit like starting to use large crayons instead of 5 mm pens. In the end, some of the stories seemed to fit together, and I added illustrations, probably - I realize this now - as a way of making up for the lack of nuance. I did learn a lot from doing it. It´s not perfect, but good enough. My friends have been kind enough to correct spelling errors and offer encouragement. Thank you all! I see all kinds of improvements I could do, but I also see new ways to go about my novel, which is the main thing, after all.
I also decided to really step out of my comfort zone and publish it, in a small way, here on the blog. I have made a pfd that I hope is suitable for most e-book readers. Of course, it works on the computer as well. I don´t have an Ipad or a smartphone, so I wouldn´t know about those.
You find it here: Village Assembly.
Var så god! In all probability, it will be the only piece of fiction I´ll ever write in English. This may not be a bad thing, haha...