There is something quite daunting about staring at a blank computer screen and having a story running around in my mind! Knowing that I have to fill the document with 150,000 words, but the story hasn’t quite come together yet, is even more scary!
That’s how I’m feeling at the moment. Purple Roads is a book I want to write! I’ve been wanting to write it since half way through Blue Skies. I have so many exciting and fantastic ideas, but I’ve got to the stage where I’m not sure I can use them all.
I’ve since learnt that planning needs to be a part of my writing. Yes, I’m a ‘bull at a gate’ type girl, I don’t like planning. I want to sit at the computer and have it all flow out. Sometimes that works and sometimes it doesn’t. It’s quite frustrating to have an idea, but know that it’s not going to fit where you want it or to have my friend, Cal, come back to me and say ‘That doesn’t work, because you’ve done this, this and this, further back!’
I have started to plan a little – just consolidate a lot of the ideas I have. Which, although tedious for me (all I want to do is write!), I know will stand me on stronger ground later on. You see, I actually find the first 4,000 to 7,000 words so easy to write – I know how I want to set out the characters, introduce them and make you love them. Then I hit a brick wall at the end of the first five or six chapters!
So, only 7,000 words in to the 150,000 and guess what? I’m starting to plan, so I don’t get the horrible, scary feeling that my story is spiralling out of control and I don’t know where it’s going.
Purple Roads is still a long road to travel!