At Sixes and Sevens

I am at sixes and sevens, and I don’t even know where the phrase came from.

The problem is that I have four ideas for novels and can’t make up my mind which to write.  I’ve started three of them then put each aside for another one.

I’m excited by the research for all of them and already have snippets of information lodged in the old grey matter.

I’m sure I’m not alone in this problem but it’s the first time I’ve experienced it.  I guess I’ll just have to get down to putting my backside on a chair and continue writing one or other of them.

Any advice will be gratefully received.  Come to that does anyone know where the phrase ‘At Sixes and Sevens’ came from?

About Martin Lake

Martin Lake lives in the French Riviera with his wife. After studying at the University of East Anglia he worked as a teacher, trainer and company director. A serious accident shattered his arm and meant that he had to rein back his work. He decided to concentrate on writing and is now writing full-time. He writes a wide range of fiction. His main interests are historical fiction, short stories and fiction for young adults. Martin has a series of novels 'The Lost King' which are set in the years following the Norman Invasion of England. They concern Edgar Atheling, last representative of the ancient English royal dynasty and his fight to regain the throne from William the Conqueror. Martin has also published 'Artful' the further adventures of the Dodger and 'Outcasts' a novel about fall of the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem. His latest novel, 'A Love Most Dangerous' is about a maid of honour who becomes the lover of Henry VIII. Martin’s work has been broadcast on radio. He won first prize in the Kenneth Grahame Society competition to write a story based on 'The Wind in the Willows.' You can get the collection, 'The Wind in the Willows Short Stories' from Amazon.
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2 Responses to At Sixes and Sevens

  1. Elaine Moxon says:

    Hi Martin,

    You are not alone amid your quandry as to which project to begin. I have been penning an historical trilogy and at first battled to remain writing Book One,whilst books 2 and 3 battled in my brain for contemplative space. In the end I decided to work on all 3 simultaneously. So far it’s worked as when my imagination tires of one, I simply move onto another. I have another trilogy that already has a folder of notes and some initial dialogue, which I occassionally dip into. My belief from this experience is to write what you can when you can. It certainly keeps me on my toes leaping a few hundred years between prose! I hope this helps and good luck.


    • Martin Lake says:

      Wow, Elaine, that’s impressive. I’m not sure I could do what you do but it’s certainly a confort to hear other people in a similar situation.

      Good luck with your trilogy. I’d love to hear what it’s about when you’re ready to share.


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