Post the Christmas and New Year celebrations, flexing the writing muscle has proved to be as hard work as flexing those other muscles which, allegedly, are to be found elsewhere in my mince pie and egg nog saturated body. But flexed it has been. The body is still mince pie and egg nog bound, but the writing muscle has got off its arse, laced up its trainers and got a sweat on.
I finished the first draft of Danny and Joe's Barista Boys story on Wednesday, and have now been stuck into edit mode for the last couple of days. I must confess I had a moment when I didn't know where I was going with the story. It's not that I didn't know where I wanted to get to, I just didn't know how I was going to get there. But the how did come to me, and when it did it just seemed so obvious. The same thing happened with Imperfect and Loose Connection, and will no doubt happen with every book. It's the way I roll, I suppose, but it does feel somewhat disconcerting.
Maybe if I planned my stories better, I find my self muttering, everything in detail, scene by scene and chapter by chapter, perhaps I wouldn't have these blank moments. Thing is, I can't write that way. It feels constricting and, dare I say it, formulaic. I prefer a more, let's say, free flow approach. What I do do, though, is have a note book of the paper variety. It goes everywhere with me and I constantly jot down ideas, snippets of conversations between characters and situations they find themselves in. And you know what? These bits and pieces start to join together and take shape, and as a writer I find that really exciting.
This is how Danny and Joe's story was born and grew. Like my post Christmas body, it's a bit over weight and needs to work up a sweat but with a bit of work, aka editing, betaing (yes, I know the word doesn't exist) and reworking, the story will throw off the figurative mince pies and egg nog and emerge sleek and toned. Just a pity that the same is unlikely to happen to my body.
A E Ryecart
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