I’M WRITING A book. As you know from your frequent and feverish revisits to this very blog, somehow masking your presence by cleverly avoiding the WordPress stats monitor. Well that’s a lie, I’m typing it. It’s been called ‘Dog Story’ ever since the first draft began to take form. Well, on the journey to completion (about 75% there) I wrote it in an entirely linear fashion, chronological and always one scene following the next. There is one flashback. There are no crazy jumps in time. It seems very basic in its structure and so far it is.
Then something happened that all authors encounter – boredom – with the plot, characters, setting. You name it. Well one thing I’ve learnt, which isn’t earth shattering news, is that changing the approach can really liven your writing up by attacking the same problem from another angle.
For the first time I wrote a scene that I wasn’t quite sure where it fit in, however, it needed to be written and will find a home somewhere. I tasted freedom, to write and create not needing to worry where it all fit together. Doing that one thing is spurring me on to complete the book. It’s almost due to fear that I had not broken from my own convention. I worried I’d literally lose the plot, that I’d go off on a tangent that had no relevance to building the story. As usual the old idiom that any writing is better than none at all stands true. Don’t be afraid to be be afraid.
What fears has your writing very kindly given you?