Those of us who write books/novels know it is not an easy process. Actually, it’s not a process at all; it’s a series of processes; a conglomerate, if you will.
I usually begin my conglomerate
internally. I see something, or hear something, or read something that
triggers a thought methodology. It begins with, “Oh, what a neat place
for a murder;” or “What an interesting character flaw;” or maybe “What a
perfect setting for a tryst of some sort.”
From there, my mind
takes off. The embryo of an idea invades my brain, infiltrates it,
snuggles into all the crevices and crannies. It leaps across synapses,
exploring, roaming, and copulating so that the ideas burst into growth
and permeate the sphere of my head. At times, the noise is…awakening!
this point, my head is relentless, especially when I’m walking or going
to sleep or slowly awakening in the morning. All those ideas, thoughts,
plot points, concepts want their freedom. So this is when I have to
assemble them in some sort of plot-line order. I do this best while I’m
walking. At first, I just decide the journey of my protagonist, and
often, of my main antagonist, whose journey is so frequently intertwined
with my hero’s/heroine’s. As I do this, I find the need for another
character or scene or conflict or any number of other issues, all to
support the protagonist’s goals or to add conflict or interest or
It’s rather a pyramid-building scheme. I have to keep
adding ideas, conflicts, characters, situations until there is a solid
foundation on which I can build a convincing story. Then, as my (still
in my head) protagonist pushes through his/her life, conquering this
barrier, overcoming that obstacle, I see a story blossom. I see the bulk
of supporting characters, scenes, evidence and conflicts that can build
into a story. And I see the denouement, the self-realization, the tip
of the pyramid, and satisfactory (glorious, at this point) ending.
this whole process, I may have jotted down names, character
descriptions and backgrounds, and other minutiae in a file so I wouldn’t
forget the nitty gritties. But at this point, I must begin my External
part of writing a book.
That, and all its fun parts, I will discuss in my next blog.
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