Notes from a Drama Queen

Random thoughts and hard work

Friday, March 24, 2006

The morning started out with me thinking I couldn't write today, I needed to stop and figure out the bones of this book, and if I went further I'd just screw myself. This often happens to me between pages 60 and 100 of a book -- I've introduced everyone, set the scene, had some inciting incident and something exciting happen, and now I need to figure where I'm going.

So I pulled out my notebook and looked over the pages and pages and pages of notes I took before I went to the hotel and when I was at the hotel, while I kept trying to get a handle on the book, and most of the stuff is useless. Me floundering, looking for meaning.

OK, I told myself. I could do this. I just had to stop and get a clearer idea of where this is going. I just can't have my characters run from pillar to post without an underlying structure. It's a pain in the ass to go back and fix that kind of stuff later -- surely I could avoid all the work later on.

I began with new notes, reflecting the new beginning and the 80 pages I had so far, thinking that I needed to come up with a structure. Put it down, frustrated, thought about where I was in the MIP and realized I WANTED to write (caps because that's a miracle), even if I had no idea where I was going. So instead of having any kind of road map, I just started writing, and came up with seven pages in an hour when I thought I couldn't work today.

I know this is ridiculous, since April 1st is the 32nd anniversary of my first book being published, but I sure wish I knew what I was doing. That I had the answers.
But I guess finding the answers is the act of writing, at least for me. No matter how I try to corral and control it, it has a life of its own.

And this book isn't going to be boxed or arranged or figured out -- it's just going to come at me, and I need to make peace with the process, because it's absolutely brilliant (or at least the first 80 pages are. Actually the first 87 pages are).

But it sure would be nice if I could ever figure this writing business out.

2 Comments:

Blogger Elisa said...

hi anne. my name is Elisa and I'm Italian. I literally love your books, I have all your books translated in italian and many of those not translated. Just now I'm waiting because at the end of this month (march) your "Black Ice" eventually will arrive translated in Italy (L'interprete). So I'm very happy to read your blog and the news of your upcoming book. Bye from Italy, Elisa

12:25 PM  
Blogger Mailyn said...

I hate to sound like a fangirl at my age but can I just say I love your books!!!

Ok that was decidedly fangirlish of me. To be totally honest I haven't read most your work. Then again I haven't read much romance as it's not my favorite genre and I am so very picky.

However, your writing style is one of the few that blew me away and A Rose at Midnight is one of my favorite books. I can't rave enough abaout it and I've read it more than once. Some of those scenes and the way you describe them are nothing short of wow.

I've also just read Devil's Waltz and I've loved it as well.

Count me as one more fan!

8:12 AM  

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