The Loneliest Sport

The Loneliest Sport

Words Kirk Truman

Photography WV&S archives

“A journal is not the pages we see but a place to be. The adrift floating lily pad – a tricky island ready to drown mother and young. Writing is the loneliest sport and better alone in ones thoughts.”

The original Fitzrovia Journal was my own – a journal of my time living and writing a novel in Fitzrovia amidst what can only be described as a period of change. I often apply query to a subject or a person as to their own creative endeavours. The lives of others I find to be much more interesting to that of my own. I query as to the oldest of masonries, the strangers that circle the square, the oddest tunnels burrowed beneath our streets through to the creative condition. Creativity is my oldest fascination.

In writing my fourth novel, The Writer the Villain & the Stone (2012), Fitzrovia acted as the location for much of the narrative. Local figures and locations played a key role, inspiring characters, entire scenes and prose. Even my Maple Street home became symbolic to the story, adapted as the home of the central character Ivan Thomas. Other locations central to the narrative included Fitzroy Square, Liberty of London, and Grafton Mews – the home of Ivan’s lover, Lana Rose.

Here detailed is the creative process behind the novel, and my method of mapping scenes of the entire narrative chapter by chapter. The process displayed is laboriously time consuming. Scenes that were written in a matter of hours required much research, experience and on the ground sleuthing in order to exist on the page; this I refer to as method-writing. Inevitably it is strict organisation that is key to the completion of a literary project, or any endeavour for that matter. Writing is personal to me – creative or journalistic, it is my emotional outlet. Today I keep two journals – the first is a hand-written journal, the second is this you are reading now.