Captain’s Log, November 9th, 2009.
Jumping headlong into a novel like this can lead to some tricky bits. I have a definite ending for the story, but getting there is like crossing a wild and woolly wilderness, with each chapter a challenge in clear cutting a path through only vaguely mapped out areas.
So really, I have ideas for what I want to have happen, and I try to have thought out a couple chapters ahead of where I’m writing, but it’s not arranged exactly or completely.
I like that. It’s like planting a seed and guiding its growth. You know it’s going to be an oak tree, but the tree itself is unique to how it grows.
And that means that I get to not only create the story, but I kind of watch how it unfolds. And if the story’s interactions amaze and amuse me, then it stand’s a good chance of doing the same to you.
I’ve always liked Robert Frost’s quote, “No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.”
True enough, dear readers.