Writing from scratch
(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