So I’ve got this idea for a story …
… isn’t that how it always starts?
I used to be a ‘pantser’. You know, one of those writers who writes by the seat of their pants; minimal plotting, exploring as they go. But with my current WIP I knew I couldn’t do that. The story was just too big, too complex, for me to start writing and find out what happened.
So I became a ‘planner’. For my WIP I wrote a one line synopsis, a one page synopsis and a synopsis from each of the three main characters’ point of view. From there I planned the scenes, chapter by chapter, until I had a pretty firm idea of who did what when and with whom. Then and only then did I actually start to write the thing.
But now, with my WIP at completed third draft stage and sent off to my mentor for critique, I’m feeling rather bored. I’m actually missing all my early morning writing sessions.
And I’ve got this fizz of an idea. A wispy, floaty essence of a story that flits across my mind’s eye when I’m not expecting it. Plus two main characters – one male, one female – who are becoming noisier and clearer by the day. And there’s a third character, still cloaked by shadows, who I can’t see properly yet.
So I find myself back at the beginning. Ready to plot out a new novel with a new set of characters and a new set of dilemmas.
I’m going to make a start today. One line synopsis here I come …