Saturday, May 21, 2005

Starting a New Book

There is a period of time after I've finished a project where I'm at loose ends. When I'm between projects, I'm most likely to be depressed and unsure about what I'm doing. But, I can't create the idea for a new book on demand -- at least not instantly.

Over the past three or four days, an idea has started to form about what my next book will be. Yesterday, I created the database entry (opus 0094) and set up the directory for the project on my computer. All I have is the template for my project file and a vague plot outline. Over the next few weeks, I'll be doing research and starting my outline.

Outline writing is my own private introduction to the story. In it, I learn who the characters are and what they want. By the time I'm done, I'll know what happens and the destiny of my characters. I don't know that yet, and it is an exciting time, the time of discovery.

Research has already started. Some things I don't even realize I need to know. I'll learn on the fly. But others are so critical to the plot and character development that I have to ask a few questions before I can even start to name my characters.

This afternoon, I drove over to Taylor, looking for small motels. That is my starting point. The main character in the story works at a family owned and operated motel in a small town. I walked into a little place, and the main desk was unattended. There was a bell and I could have slapped that button and the lady would have appeared instantly, but instead I waited, looking over the office, examining the photos and plaques on the wall, soaking up the paperwork on the desk between the phone and the machine that programs the plastic keys.

Images are starting to form. Ideas for events are starting to gel. It's a good time.

1 comment:

Karen said...

Hmmm. I've not ever thought through the process of writing a book. Thanks for the enlightenment.