Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Trapped In A Happy Marriage

Aspiring writers are always advised to write about what they know. But what if you've been trapped in a happy marriage for the past thirty years? No angst, nothing to rebel against apart from the unremitting happiness. No happy ending. Just a happy beginning and middle.

My wife doesn't help either. I've explained a million times that I need to be a tortured soul to find something to write about. She just shakes her head, the ghost of a wry smile on her face, and tells me to stop being silly.

I tell you, it's driving me nuts. I don't think I can take much more.


  1. Anonymous4:26 pm

    I'm commenting not on this latest entry, but on your blog as a whole (including A Half Life of One. If I'm any judge of such things (which of course I am), you're doing well.

    Whether your ability is going to make you successful or not I can't say. The big beasts have got publishing by the balls at present, and show no signs of letting go. But for God's sake keep going.

    A word on A Half Life of One. (Of course, I should post my comment there, but you'll get it here anyway.) Because your paragraphs aren't indented, they can seem extremely long, and where a paragraph ends with a full line, there's no indication of paragraph break at all.

    I'd be tempted to try leaving a line between paragraphs. Generally speaking, this looks bad in a book, but good on a screen.

    Keep it up.

  2. I've taken your advice about the layout for A Half Life Of One. It's written in word but for some reason when I imported it I lost all the formatting. Something I'll need to sort out in future.

    By the way - you're my first proper commentator and if you weren't anonymous you might have won a bottle of champagne!