As work on this is mostly confined to the void that occupies most of my skull, I don’t have a lot to report today. Preparation, they say, is all.
My method of moving toward the writing of a piece is to gather together my characters, something I’ve mostly achieved, though some are proving elusive for the moment. I then allow my imagination to dwell on the themes I wish to tackle and present those ideas to my characters, so they can mull them over and prepare their defence in readiness for when I plunge them into the fray. Occasionally, I catch them by surprise, but often they’re well prepared for my tricks and develop ways to escape the various fates I have in store for them. Some even avoid early demise by making themselves essential to the tale as it unwinds.
But we’re not far from the start now. At that stage, with all the research under my belt, the characters properly introduced to one another, the settings fully imagined in my mind, and the general direction toward the envisaged ending in sight, we set off on the journey. The characters dictate the route or routes we take and, eventually, we arrive at a place where we can agree the story’s been told. Then it’s ready for the writing police, generally known as editors, to have their say before we release the finished article to the reading public.
I’ll shortly be taking a break to allow the story juices to cook prior to their outpouring onto pages as yet unstained.
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