Tuesday, December 4, 2012
The main difference, I think, was writing about my own experiences, filtered through the lens of fiction and imagination, of course, and, although I hate to admit it, a lack of outlining and planning. In years past, I would plot out every scene and sequel from exposition to denouement, and then stagnate about halfway through. This year, on the other hand, I knew what my characters wanted, knew that there would be some key scenes to write, had a vague idea of how it should end, and just filled in the gaps as they came along. Whereas before, I would charge through from one scene to another, following the outline, this time, I find that I really want to get to a particular scene to write, but other scenes keep popping into my head, other events that either need to take place or serve some other narrative purpose.The point is, I think I may have been wrong in my approach all these years.
So, faithful followers, I am back, and with more stories to tell, and while my newest novel is not yet done, 51,000 words and 99 pages ain't too shabby. I will finish it, though, and update on its progress, especially if I can manage to get it onto some of the right desks. Wish me luck.