Starting the Novel (plus some complaining)
May 29, 2008
I’m going to start writing the next book. I’ve outlined most of it. I have a real sense of the characters and the plot. I’m excited to start putting words into it.
The story will explore falsehood and half truths in a hostage situation. Virtually every character will be misled somehow, somewhere, in ways that could dramatically alter how the hostage-taking resolves. Even the reader will be misled.
Although I love to write – I’ve really struggled to get at this project. I don’t know how other authors do it because it is very difficult to find time to work when you juggle different jobs, family, and other responsibilities (e.g., mowing the lawn). It’s not that I can’t find an hour here or there but the problem is writing requires LARGE BLOCKS of time. You can’t sit and peel off a couple of paragraphs and then do something else. You need to sit, get your head into, find the characters, and then write. Even worse then writers’ block is the experience of getting really into the groove of a chapter, having the words come easily, and then having to stop!!! AHHHH. Breaking your writing groove is awful because you never know when you’ll get that kind of flow again.
Anyway – I’ll keep you updated on this project.