(Chaos) (Theory)?

‘We’re all Works In Progess,’ I found myself writing the other day. Another cliché/truth/ugh.

And as I’m forever banging on about my fascination with stories-within-stories, and the state of my notebooks, I wondered ‘What do other writer’s WIPs look like?’

And then: ‘As my novels are raw and introspective, and have the recurring theme of mental health, why don’t I ask other writers – writers in all genres – if they’d like a spot on my blog to tell us about their WIP as opposed to their published works? And wouldn’t it be fun to base it on the PHQ-2/9 form used by mental health professionals – after all, I’ve filled in about a million of them over the years!

Having made this decision and decided it was ‘instagramable’, I picked up my phone and opened the app. After scrolling for a bit, I saw that @inspiredtowrite, who’s a real motivator, actually, had taken her ‘as-a-creative-you-need-to-show-up-and-do-the-work’ idea, and created ‘#showyourshittyart’. Show the work as you’re doing it, and be proud of the fact that you are actually doing it. Brilliant!

My maths isn’t great, so I’ll allow myself to say that half of  any story is the writing of it – I guess there’d be no point to blogs, otherwise. And the whole concept reminds me of another of my favourite books of all time, Possession, by AS Byatt. I am aware that this blog is chaos.

But then – and I’m prepared to be proved wrong in this – all WIPs are, aren’t they?

When I was sixteen, my tutor at Exeter College was called Annie. One of the first things she did was get us to make up a word out of the letters of our name and give it a meaning that defined us as students.  Hers was ‘Einna’, and she said it meant ‘organized chaos’, and I could never work out if that was a paradox, a load of tripe, or whether it was profound.

Anyway, like I said, I am aware that this blog is chaos.

I hope you’re as excited as I am about welcoming the first author to my blog, to take the Writer’s WIP Questionnaire – 2. I wonder who it will be. I wonder if my theory is correct, and their WIP is chaos…

#WIP #amwriting #chaostheory

Published by morwennablackwood

When Morwenna Blackwood was six years old, she got told off for filling a school exercise book with an endless story when she should have been listening to the teacher/eating her tea/colouring with her friends. The story was about a frog. It never did end; and Morwenna never looked back. Born and raised in Devon, Morwenna suffered from severe OCD and depression, and spent her childhood and teens in libraries. She travelled about for a decade before returning to Devon. She now has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Exeter, and lives with her husband, son and three cats in a cottage that Bilbo Baggins would be proud of. Morwenna is the author of bestselling noir psychological thrillers, The (D)Evolution of Us, and Glasshouse, published by #darkstroke. She has just submitted her third novel, Underrated, and the fourth is in progress. When she is not writing, Morwenna works for an animal rescue charity, or can be found down by the sea. She often thinks about that frog.

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