Some folks who know I’ve been writing this book have been asking–“how is it going?”
Well . . . I’ve got extensive scene summaries and notes, point-of-view, etc. all on the same outline. I feel like I’ve found all the huge gaping holes (all this in line with the book I’m using as reference–Karen Wiesner’s First Draft in 30 Days).
Now I’m down to the actual writing. AHHHHHHHHH. Run, run, scream, scream!!!! It’s so easy to do the busy work: research, note-taking, organizing, moving scenes around, adding people, subtracting people, etc. I’ve even drawn out a scaled map of the entire town–both in 2008 and in 1938. I know where everyone lives, where every building that figures into the story line sits, and how they relate to each other spatially–through time!
But now all I have left is the scary part. And I’m thinking I need to get going on it tonight after work. I mean, there’s only so much rearranging I can do. But I keep telling myself that I need to block off a serious amount of time and quiet to start writing. That’s just a delaying tactic out of fear. If I never actually write, I never can fail. But I really want to write this book–so here goes and making this promise to you all–
I’m going to write the first page tonight. I’ll update you tomorrow on how courageous I’ve been–