I’ll begin by saying that last year was probably one of the most difficult years I’ve ever had to endure. At the same time, it also came with some amazing opportunities – it’s funny how life can present you with a pit full of loss and then with the same hand, offer up some life-changing gains.
This blog post is no doubt too late for a ‘Year in Review’ but looking back at the past twelve months, it’s incredible to note how much has changed in what is only a short amount of time.
If anything can be taken from what has happened, it’s that I have learned a lot.
And I still am.
It’s all part of the process.
It’s also made me look at how I am going to progress with my writing. So let me firstly preface this by saying, the writing has taken a little bit of a backseat. Some of the greatest writers will argue that you must write every day if you want to develop your style and sharpen your technique. And in the past, there have been countless days where I have endlessly scrawled fictional situations, memoir-style accounts of past events, poems and reviews. It was something that offered me a form of escapism.
However, as we cannonball into 2018, I realise that the writing isn’t happening like it used to and though this doesn’t worry me because I am certain of its return. The thing that concerns me most is that I am aware that the return is in itself, transformational. I don’t know what this means for the future, but I acknowledge that it’s going to bring about some changes.
What does this mean going forward?
Will I be leaving horror behind?
Will I still create fiction?
I’m not sure I have the answers to those questions just yet.
But there is something more just bubbling beneath the surface and I realise that I have to strip everything back – the writing, the consciousness, the self-censorship.
I’m aware that this post may seem somewhat confusing and ambiguous and I am seeking the words to relay this more concisely but I thought it only fair to present this piece as the first stepping stone. I am also embarking on this journey with you – eagerly awaiting the destination and what it offers.
All I can say for now, is that it will offer up some truth.
In the past, my publicised work have mainly dealt with supernatural elements, whether it be haunted houses, Ouija boards or other-worldly stalkers, but I also strived to ground them in some realistic issues – addiction, abuse, suicide. I feel like these elements were not only important in the characterisation but also in instilling a sense of debate. These are ideas that I feel strongly about and I have a plethora of other topics that I have yet to tackle. There’s a fire beginning to rage and that means I have no other option but to explore what these flames have to offer.
As I said earlier, I need to strip back and expose myself further. I’m not sure how the work will be received but I hope that it delivers something different from what I have presented before.
As always, thanks for the continued support – I’m still receiving some great feedback for Malevolent Flesh so please feel free to submit your reviews and feedback either here or through Amazon – all of which are greatly appreciated.
The Corpse Rooms and Reading the Palms of Dolls are still proving to be popular, speaking of which, please check out the talented Duncan Thompson’s blog about his favourite reads of 2017, including ‘Reading the Palms of Dolls.’ And, ‘The Corpse Rooms’ received a nice little mention on the Facebook group page ‘Dark Fiction’ – you can check that out here.
Thank you once again and let’s see what the following twelve months have to offer…