Withdrawals

Very soon I’ll be swapping the drawing board for a notebook and getting back into writing.
This week I’ve been putting the finishing touches on the graphic story Allure of the Ancients: The Key to His Kingdom, written by Mark Farrugia and destined to appear in the Australian Horror Writers Association’s official magazine Midnight Echo and I can’t wait to let loose into some fiction. I think I’ve been suffering withdrawals.
It’s not that I don’t like drawing, it’s just a much more visceral way of creating than writing and is obviously more labour intensive. Writing, for me and I imagine many other writers, is an escape from the crap in life, a stress reliever. There’s nothing more liberating than getting lost in an invented world or rummaging around inside the heads of my characters. Reading the works of others is the same. I’ve been indulging in a few books, including an advanced reader copy of The Corpse-Rat King by Lee Battersby, The Broken Ones by Stephen M Irwin and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson, all very enjoyable (and distracting!) books.

I have already started the first draft of a short story that I plan to submit to Dark Prints Press’ A Killer Among Demons anthology and I’ve got the spark of an idea for a tale for Midnight Echo 8 – in other words plenty to sink my teeth into.

Then there’s the Halloween novella and the novel that I desperately need to get back to and complete this year, not to mention the edits on my forthcoming novella “Vaudeville”, which are only just around the corner, so yeah heaps of writing to do.

Still, I’d love to know how long my fellow writers out there have gone without writing. Was it writer’s block, not enough hours in the day, or just life being what it is and what did you do to get around it?

About darkscrybe

Two-time international Bram Stoker Award-nominee®*, Greg Chapman is a horror author and artist based in Queensland, Australia. Greg is the author of several novels, novellas and short stories, including his award-nominated debut novel, Hollow House (Omnium Gatherum) and collections, Vaudeville and Other Nightmares (Specul8 Publishing) and This Sublime Darkness and Other Dark Stories (Things in the Well Publications). He is also a horror artist and his first graphic novel Witch Hunts: A Graphic History of the Burning Times, (McFarland & Company) written by authors Rocky Wood and Lisa Morton, won the Superior Achievement in a Graphic Novel category at the Bram Stoker Awards® in 2013. He is also the current President of the Australasian Horror Writers Association. Greg lives in Rockhampton with his wife and their two daughters. * Superior Achievement in a First Novel for Hollow House (2016) and Superior Achievement in Short Fiction, for “The Book of Last Words” (2019)
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