The first port of call on the journey is the Restart course for the long-term unemployed. The Restart course, concerned as it is with prescribed rules, is a ripe environment for the exploration of writing as a valuable occupation in a world where 'market forces' predominate.
The writer as mother, and her novels as her children - conceived, nurtured, born and named - is another of the analogies visited. As mother, she blames herself for the faults in her children and also has the painstaking task of supporting them through their numerous rejections. She has the job of honing them, knocking them into shape, yet preserving their essential character. This is where the writer passes from mother to cosmetic surgeon, giving facelifts, grafting pieces here and there, as rewriting and redrafting takes place.
Comparisons between the cutting edge of writing and conceptual art are also explored. In writing terms, what is the equivalent to a pile of bricks? Blocks of SSSS's? Is it important to write for the eye as well as the ear?
These are just some of the themes explored in Lost The Plot which travels through the highs and lows of creative writing (among other things) en route to its target number of words (or not)!