I’m very good at these – going off, wandering about, throwing in new ideas, which can be exciting or frustrating depending what I’m trying to achieve, writing wise.
I once saw a film of a writer (can’t remember who) as they were planning a book. The walls of the studio were plastered with a sort of time scale plan – each chapter planned out: what was going to happen to who, where and when.
I don’t seem to be able to do this, and I have tried. I start with characters and a vague idea of what might happen, but then the plot invariably changes and veers off in some other direction, characters leading the way and me stumbling along: “Er, hello . . . wait.”
A review of one of my most tangenty stories, where the reader (luckily) enjoyed following my unknown path.
I really enjoyed this and it was hugely compelling, I had absolutely no problem zipping through to the end. The concept is really original, and in the best sense – intriguing! The writing is jaunty, the story feels like it has direction. And this isn’t even hugely important, as you have the rare gift of being able to grab a reader and string them along, you could digress and go on weird tangents and I’d follow you as you clearly know what you’re doing.
Major tangent-wise, I’ve just started another short story inspired by a flight into Stanstead recently. Supposed to be 6,000 words, it’s already out of control and heading into book shape, now taking over the novel I was already writing – the second instalment of Hoxton, Smithi.
It’s all good practice . . .
My stuff at the moment:
Three stories with ‘Cracked Eye’ online magazine – 158th book out, The couch and Rose, to appear at some point.
Trilogy: ‘Going Out in the Midday Sun, on Amazon as paperback and ebooks.
Hoxton: (not Horton, thank you spell check) to be on Amazon, or to order with fancy hand-made cover, from me, in the New Year.
Smith: Follow-up to Hoxton, to ne published, hopefully by late spring.
Dog: A short/long story/novel, in progress, and length to be decided.
Some illustrations from Hoxton: