Friday, June 23, 2006

So Much Fun!

Happiness is excitement that has found a settling down place. But there is always a little corner that keeps flapping around. ~E.L. Konigsburg

Who would've known that plotting a new book could be so much fun! I'm having a blast with my latest project, and am getting more and more excited about actually writing it.

I've always thought, in the past, that spending too much time outlining and planning and imagining scenes and so forth would take away that initial fire that I get for a new love and make me less inclined to write it. I thought I'd be sick of the story by time it was ready to be written.

This is SO not true. And part of me is truly excited because I think the writing will be easier because I know where I'm headed. I know what subtle things to layer into the story to foreshadow things that will happen later (whereas, if I don't know what's going to happen later I either wouldn't ever do that, or would have to fix it on the edit through).

Seriously, I'm so thrilled by this process that I'm practically jumping out of my shoes. I'm using the Donald Maass workbook for much of this process where I can, plus drawing from "The Weekend Novelist Writes a Mystery" and some ideas from Frey's "How to Write a Damn Good Mystery".

I have scenes. I have plot layers. I have sub-plots. I have clues and red herrings. I have backstory.

I have such enthusiasm for this, and not just because it's new to me. Good heavens, I wish I'd done this before!

*hums happily to herself as she gets back to work on her outline*


Ceri said...

Sounds good when you say it like that LOL I think I'll try it, though I think the same way, that plotting will suck the joy and creativity out of the project.

When I get a free moment (feel free to laugh) I'm going to start all over with Maas and my new wip and see where it takes me.

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Judy said...

I can understand your excitement. I think that once I get more into the actual plotting, things will get there for me. Right now, I'm reworking through the characters. I'll plot some (hopefully) over the weekend and this next week. It's going to be a VERY busy one. Our machine is at our mechanic having bearings replaced, so we had to push two jobs from this week to next week.. and we already had an almost full week as it was! Oy vey!!!

Tori Lennox said...

I'm so lousy at plotting. *sigh*