Writing a novel my way

I’m excited about starting a new novel. I have my “world” set and I’m looking forward to living it in for a while. I’m not a major plotter. I have a vague outline. I’ve envisioned the beginning and ending scenes. I’ve written the opening paragraph and the last two lines of the book. Now I just need to fill in the middle. 🙂

I’ve written some notes, some questions, some character bits. I still need four secondary character names. Sometimes names come easy, obviously not this time, so for now they appear as DAUGHTER, SON, BROTHER, and TEMPTRESS.

At this stage, I spend a lot of my writing time not writing. With my eyes closed, I sit and daydream. Scenes materialize and I watch and listen. Questions arise and I devise the answers. Sometimes the answers change the scene, so I have to shake it like an Etch-A-Sketch and begin again.

The dialogue for a couple of the key scenes is rattling around in my head, so today I’ll write out as much of that as I can.  Writing the dialogue first enables me to visualize the scene, so when I go back to flesh it out, it’s easy to fill in the action and setting details.

When I get stuck, I go clean something until a new scene or more dialogue filters through to me. This is good because when it all comes together and I’m deep into writing, I can ignore dust and grime like you can’t imagine!

How’s life with you? Are you in a productive stage or down time?

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26 thoughts on “Writing a novel my way

  1. You go clean. I go walk the dog. It’s shocking how those things can produce more good ideas than sitting in a chair and trying trying trying to come up with the goods.

    I’ve actually been cleaning a little myself. Then …. work.

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    1. It it, Teri. I guess it’s because we switch to left brain activity, which allows the right brain to do its thing. I purposely cleaned my bathroom yesterday to give my creative brain time to work out some dialogue without my interference. Of course the bathroom needed cleaning, but still … 😉

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  2. I have a story looming in the background and I’m waiting to feel that urge, that need to start writing. At the moment my characters are hovering in my mind. I wish they’d soon start talking to me…

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