Two weeks ago, I completed the draft of a psychological thriller, word count 91,000. I read through it, made some changes to the first eighteen chapters and was about to read it again when I decided to put the manuscript away for a while, as I realised I’m too close to the story to evaluate it properly. As I’m driven to write most evenings, I decided to start another novel and have done over 8,000 words since Monday.
In previous posts, I described some of the difficulties people face in novel writing (see Driving Factors in Fiction, Different Camera Lenses: Viewpoint, Writer’s Block, Creative Writing Headaches ). Normally, difficulties occur when there is a lack of structure. Since I’m dealing with entirely fresh material this time rather than editing stuff I’ve already written, I’m finding it much easier than before. I would be a hypocrite if I didn’t put into the practice the writing tips I’ve posted on this blog, so here are a few of the things I’ve been doing to help the writing process:
- Keeping a list of story question
- Circling in red ink sentences in the story summary that leap out
- Working out the character driver questions – e.g. what does the character most want and what do they most fear?
- Working on viewpoint character sources of inner conflicts
Like before, I’m rotating viewpoints, one per chapter.