Friday, May 8, 2009

Forward, Into the Breach

Last night, quite late, I began my next book. Oh, I've been hacking away at an outline for months now, but I didn't have any actual prose down on paper. But now I have what I think is the first page. It's only a single page, but it's a page that really pleases me. It also surprises me, because it isn't what I thought I was going to write. I had a specific image, of a locomotive moving through foothills at the base of a mountain. The protagonist is on the train, heading toward...well, something. Not your business just yet. Anyway, the writing took a different direction than I thought it would, and it's a good direction to take. I am well pleased, and I like the narrative voice.

It's also--despite whatever I may have said to anyone about how much I'm loving this vacation from working on the last book--both relaxing and exciting to be writing something new. I'm home again.

14 comments:

  1. I'm glad you are enjoying it! I started working on my second book before finishing my first. I tend to overlap things in the hopes of avoiding depression. So, though I only finished the latest draft of book 1 last night, I've got about 20000 words of book 2. And, my plan didn't work. They stole my energies from each other. Whenever I'd get going on one, I'd hate the other. Now I need to get into book 2, but it feels like food I'd rather not eat. Maybe that's best for a cannibal story.

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  2. "Love, love, love," remember? You have to love your cannibal! 20,000 words on book 2? That's pretty good progress. And congratulations on finishing the latest draft "Rooster!"

    When I first started outlining the new book, I had a pretty slim idea, but now I've got more material bouncing around in my head than I can possibly use. Luxury!

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  3. Congratulations. I hear your pen begging for mercy.

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  4. You make me want to be a better writer. Wah!

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  5. Hmm, "wah" doesn't appear in the Oxford English dictionary but "boohoo" does. Darn.

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  6. "You make me want to be a better writer."

    You're casting me as Helen Hunt and you're Jack Nicholson? I'm suddenly uncomfortable.

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  7. I do love my cannibal. I'm trying to be my cannibal! It just takes a lot of energy to go from Davin to cannibal. With this book, every time I sit down to write it, I end up reading everything I wrote up to the point where I am to get back into character. It's like a slow simmer.

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  8. Your cooking images amuse me! Keep stirring the pot. Embrace your inner cannibal. Add salt and plenty of fresh black pepper.

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  9. *tries to block images of cannibal Davin....*

    I'm glad you're feeling home again, Scott!

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  10. Michelle,

    Me, too! I have been sort of at loose ends all week. Don't worry about Davin; he's just stewing.

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  11. Relaxing and exciting to be writing again. I wish I could say the same. But congratulations to you!

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  12. Me, Jack Nicholson? I don't know. But I guess it's better than portraying a woman. Ha ha.

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  13. Congrats. There's nothing better (okay, banana pudding . . .) then the excitement of the first page, the second page, and the gluttonous feeling of needing to devour (okay, who mentioned cannibals in the first place?) every word. Yes, that's a bad analogy, but I'm still recovering from sleep deprivation.

    The excitement of the story finally appearing in words is phenomenal. Don't worry about the different direction . . . sometimes, that different direction is the best direction of all. I took that detour once it was absolutely fantastic.

    Keep writing.

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  14. That's so wonderful that you are enjoying the process. The comfort of being home again is fantastic. Huzzah!

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