Posted on February 13, 2011
I have lots of good ideas for book, some fully imagined and started but on hold, some as shells of a vague plot outline, and some as nothing more than words in my head. Trouble is, I keep getting more ideas than I can actually write and sometimes, the new ideas burn brighter than anything I have in progress.
Well not this time, I’m carrying on with what I’ve started no matter what. New ideas are written down, filed and forgotten for now so I can concentrate.
I’m setting word goals, have chapter outlines and a very definite perspective from which to do this. Also, unusually, I have no clear idea of how I’m going write the detail. I know what the plot is, well, kinda, I know some of the events that are going to happen at the start and at the end, now I have to join them together. Which is interesting. I love to have all angles of a problem bounded before I can fill in the details. It’s what I do for my job and it’s very much how my brain likes to work. So having to fill it in as I go means I have to pay very careful attention to making sure I don’t waffle (unlike this post then!) and always set something up so I can carry on with the next chapter.
I’ve already been back to the first few chapters a dozen times and chopped, hacked and butchered them to make them flow with what I is unfolding on paper and I kinda like it this way – its a bit more organic, less pre-imagined and more natural as a result. It’s going to take a herculean effort to whip it into shape once it’s all written, but I can actually see this one being finished one day.
And now, back to Chapter 3, I need to fill in the view of the world according to the mind of one of my characters and it’s proving to be a bitch.
For company though, I have The Jezabels – a Sydney based band with the most incredible sound and soaring vocals from a very interesting singer. I can’t guarantee you’ll like them, but it’s definitely worth a listen if just to hear something new and different.