Terror is a blank page
Writing from scratch
I don’t want to alarm anybody, but do you realize how long it’s been since I started a novel from scratch? It’s been…
(Holy shit. It’s been seven years. I was sort of kidding around when I started this post, but that’s forever!)
I have done a lot of rewriting, screenwriting, editing, marketing, blogging, tumbling, tweeting and facebooking in that time, but aside from a few smaller projects here and there I have basically gone seven years.
And that makes the start of the hastily-and-uncreatively-but-only-temporarily-named Immortal 3 a little like writing fan fiction on my own character. Which is weird. Also, and this may be an alarming thing for a published novelist to admit to, but every time I start a new novel I feel like I’m inventing the novel form itself. And I don’t mean, “Look at me, I’m awesomely original”, I mean, “How the FUCK do novels work?”
All I know right now is:
- don’t tell the same story I did in the first book
- don’t tell the same story I did in the second book
- find an organic way to bring back some characters
- answer The Question
(No I won’t tell you what The Question is. If you read the books you should know.)
I know only one of those four right now, and I’m already 2200 words in. Personally, I can’t wait to see what happens next.
Because I don’t know either
More honesty: I really don’t know what’s going to happen until Adam tells me. This may sound like an insane way to write books, but it’s gotten me through two so far.
There are no rules set in stone for storywriting. That’s the beauty of it but also the most difficult part.
And here I was, kicking myself for only writing short stories over the last five years. 😉 Wouldn’t it be great if someone else would do all that marketing and promotion so you could focus on writing more books? That and family life eat up 99% of my time and energy right now. Not much left for writing.
hah! Yes. In my meager defense, I did have three unpublished novels to get published– one is still pending publication– and I worked on learning screenwriting. But… yes. Seven years of mostly taking stories I already wrote once and reworking them.