Busby Journals 03: Two Steps Back Editing

Have looped back on myself, working the two steps back after one forwards approach. The problem with momentum is that it can become another kind of complacency. If this was On The Road, typing not writing, as Capote put it, I’d be away. But daily word count doesn’t determine success as this point, and it…

Busby Journals 02: Circling the Basket

The book, it progresses. It is now at a point where, were it demanded tomorrow, it could exist without the ending that I’ve to tweak. The characters are alive, their training wheels are off and they’re every bit breathing, painting, loving in the world whether I were to type another word or not. Of course,…

Busby Journals 01: Writing and the Loading Phase

A few months back I read a collection of Steinbeck’s letters. The gist of it was an exercise given to him by his editor at the time as he prepared to write ‘East of Eden’. His editor provided him with a journal, and Steinbeck wrote a letter to him each day he wrote the novel…

Dear Mr Busby Snippet: His Father’s Light

He had an aversion to his father’s eyes, the icy steel therein that didn’t belong to his gentile warmth. His dad was ten feet tall and he’d observed how others saw him that way, too. But he wasn’t the feared giant he appeared from afar in his formal rigidity and the straight, cutting lines of…