Can anyone read that without an Arnie accent?
Two months from today Michael, me, and two of our closest friends will be traveling to the US. We’ll be away for two months.
Between now and then I’ll be working really hard and writing as much as I can so I can get this book done before we go.
The writing is going great, by the way. Writing my second book has been … very, very different than writing my first book. I had an idea that, after 12 months of painful revision, when I finally got around to writing the next story I would be very careful to plan plan plan. I wanted to make it right the first time. I dreamt of outlines, index cards, notebooks full of character notes.
None of that happened.
In fact, this story wasn’t even the one I was planning to write. I was going to write this YA mystery I’d been planning. Then one weekend we were away at this camp by this giant lake (actually Port Stephens, but it looked like a lake). It was rainy and windy and cold, not what we’d expected at all. But something sparked. Something about the gloomy weather, the fog and the way the wind whipped up waves on the lake. Suddenly I had this very different story in mind. A YA supernatural thriller.
I started writing that weekend. I wrote up a loose plan, but I never stuck to it. In fact, just the other day I effectively killed off a character I thought was going to be fairly integral to the plot.
From the beginning of this writing gig I saw myself as a planner, but as I grow more confident in my writing, and in myself, I find myself planning less and less.
I’ve heard people talk of ‘gift’ novels: Novels that come so easily it’s like they’ve been gifted to you. I’m thinking this is one.
Here’s where I’m up to:
I’m on track to getting this baby done just before we go. My only issue is time… In order to fit everything in, some things need to be left out. And until I get back from the States, this blog has to be one of them.
I’m sad to be saying goodbye, but I’m excited about the future. Who knows, maybe I’ll revamp it and have my actual name on it this time!
So adios, for now.
P.S. If you want to keep track of my travels until I return go to themysteryhouse.wordpress.com