OK. I know I’m supposed to be writing right now but I’m stuck (seems to be a weekly occurrence) and even though I am still at the library, I figure I’ll write something rather than stare at the last paragraph wondering what the characters are going to do next.
I’ve learned that there are two basic approached to writing a novel. I’m sure there are thousands of derivations as there is no right or wrong way and every author has their own style. But in general the approach can be lumped into two exceedingly broad categories:
- Create well developed characters and throw them in a situation, letting the story write itself,
- Do tons of research, write a detailed plot outline – essentially plan everything before putting pen to paper.
I’ve tried the latter and it didn’t do much for me, granted that was 7 -10 years ago and I may not have been ready to tackle anything large at that point. So sometimes I write my characters into a whole, especially now in the latter stages when the protagonist is struggling to put all the pieces together. I keep them tripping over their own feet. I’m also a bit bored with a new character I’ve introduced – at first I thought he would be nice as a grandfather type but he need to be much more eccentric. Originally I thought he might be the bad guy but I’ve backed off that and am pinning the rap on someone else – I think. We’ll see how it all works out.