Friday, April 21, 2006

Advance The Story

I had a three day week again.  Monday, Wednesday, Thursday.  Going to the movies today. I can do my Friday movies as long as I want because….well, you know why.  Nobody is waiting for me to deliver a manuscript.

My lastest book comes out at the end of June.  I only have one gig so far.

Anyway, what I started doing this week was to get it down and to stop thinking of other things.  Nevermind the same two words in a paragraph.  The justs, reallys, verys, and onlys can come out later.  Advance the story.  This is all I have to think about at this stage.  The rest can come in the rewrite and the rewrite after that before it goes to my agent.  I can’t imagine what she’ll think about this novel.  I know she’ll be surprised as I”ve never written anything like this.  But will she like it? I can’t worry about that now.  Advance the story.

Keep moving.  Push ahead.  Advance the story.  This can apply to any kind of book.  It certainly applies to crime novels.  That isn’t to say forget about character.  Never for me. But I can fix that in the rewirte and the rewrite after that.

Advance the story.


John Baker said...

I love this. It almost makes me want to start writing again. I'm in that fallow period between books and I thought I was having a good time until I read your post. Now I'm not so sure.
You capture the atmosphere exactly, precisely, including the hidden underbelly of horror and dread.
I think it was Churchill who said something like this:
Writing a book is an adventure: it begins as an amusement, then it becomes a mistress, then a master, and finally a tyrant.

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