I’m right up to my knees at the minute in the first draft of my next novel, Blind Faith. It’s an enjoyable process because I’m finally getting into the story which has been floating around inside my head for months. It’s surprising too and it’s made me think about the whole writing process all over again.
I’ve tried planning a story and I’ve tried winging a story, but both have their ups and downs. This time I’m trying something different and, I don’t know whether it’s working, but it’s much more enjoyable.
I’ve only planned the main core of the story, literally a few milestones which will keep the story honest and stop it turning from a Romcom into a Horror. I’m concentrating on getting to know the characters and trust that these people will guide the writing to the right places.
I’ve started micro-planning too. This is literally a mini plan for the next day, just so I know when I sit down to start, what things need to be covered. But because the micro-plan evolves each day with the characters it feels more natural.
For the first time it doesn’t feel as though I’m writing a book. It feels more like I’m reading a book and I can’t wait to know what’s going to happen next. This is good, right? Is this what I’ve heard other writers describe? I always thought they were mad before, when authors talk about getting to know characters and letting them lead you to places. “You’re the author, surely you know where they’re going”, I would shout. But actually, I think I may have just got it.
The proof will be in the second draft when I have a completely disparate novel that rambles on with no real point.
Until next time…