I hadn’t imagined, when I first set my mind to writing something bigger than just a short story or an article, that there was so much involved. Not that it is putting me off, but I’ve had to change my plans a little bit and stretch the working day out considerably.
Initially I had thought I could sit down and write one or two thousand words a day without any heartbreak. This, I have discovered, is not a problem at all. The first draft, simply written to get the whole down on paper, flows from my pen without a single halt, without even a glitch. What slows me down is the full background which I need to make it all work.
I have discovered that I need a town in which my characters live. Now, that isn’t quite as simple as it may sound, the town needs to be set almost in stone so that I can keep on referring back to it without making glaring mistakes. I have spent many hours drawing a map of the town, and the surrounding villages.
Characters. they don’t just appear out of nowhere! Names, places, family, background and personal stories. I have more notes than I care to contemplate.
Names was the big one too: names of people, places, streets even. Pages filled with ideas. How many streets does a good sized town have? Well over two hundred, I have discovered, and then there are the surrounding villages.
Appearance. Not just of the town, the streets, the villages, the countryside, but also of each individual character.
The storyline is working wonderfully, and I hope to have about fifty thousand words together by the end of June or so. Then we start on the first edit, and the fun really begins.
It’s a daunting thought, but one which has brought me a great deal of enjoyment, and one which I am going to work through right to the end.
As they say: watch this space!
Love & Kisses, Viki.