July 03, 2010


I feel like I've got hold of the new shape of this book now. The weight of it is sitting right in my head and I can tilt it and turn it and see the whole picture nearly.

Sometimes writing feels like hiking up a heavily wooded trail. You get glimpses of the destination now and then but mostly you can only see what's right in front of you, the twists and turns hiding the next part of the path. And like, hiking, sometimes it's damn hard work and you doubt you'll ever get there and your mental feet hurt and you want to kick the next damn fallen log that gets in your way and everything you're carrying rubs the wrong way and all you want to do is sit down and not move and let someone else do it while you drink something and pass out.

Then you reach the top and the view spreads out before you and it's kind of gorgeous and well worth the blood, sweat and tears and it all falls away. Not sure there's a good analogy for the feeling like the end of book (or even nearing the end and feeling like it's all working out) but that one's kind of close.

And even though I'm not quite there yet, I think that's deserving of a glass of wine or two tonight while I'm out with the girls.


Keziah Hill said...

I'm so not at that stage. I'm juggling a jelly monster, trying to get a plot worked out. Fragments of scenes everywhere and not sure where to put them.

Mel said...

You'll get there...just keep walking!

Kylie Griffin said...

Hey Mel,

After tackling plotting and a wreck of a synopsis, I'm able to see the shape of my book now, much like you, but being a die-hard panster the anticipation of not knowing what's going to happen has leeched out some of the "fun" of discovery.

Transitioning from pure panster to semi-plotter is my steep path but I know I need to follow it, no matter how hard the journey gets.

Looking forward to the view once I pick up speed and get to the top! :-)

Mel said...

I feel your pain on that! Not a plotter at all but have to produce the odd outline or synopsis now. Maybe we just have to look at it as writing a map for the path with some very vague landmarks so you still get to discover it as you go!

I find the path shifts anyway!