While I don’t have MSNBC’s Morning Joe to distract me, my wife arrived in Dublin last Wednesday (plane came in at 4 pm & was scheduled at 11 am) and I got to spend most of the day at the airport. Two terminals, lots of places to eat and drink.
I did get well into chapter 51 and each morning while Celine is still sleeping, I do a little tweaking of the pages. I can see the end in sight but it will have to wait until I’m back in Key West.
When I start a book, I don’t have an outline, only what I think is the begging, middle and end might be in my notebook. So far, I’ve been lucky with the beginnings. Middle and end always change as the characters develop the story line.
The ending, as I see it now, wasn’t even in the cards when I began. But my ‘what if?‘ bug kicked in while watching Morning Joe’s exposes on the Russian involvement and people involved in the White House.
I remember sitting here in Dublin at the cottage. My writing for the day done, but I had to re-think the ending and then my ‘what if?’ came into play. I had a number of new scenarios but liked the Russian one! See, my hours watching Morning Joe wasn’t a waste of time.
None of us know if what’s going on in DC is real or not, but, as I’ve said before, the premise would make a great Robert Ludlum thriller!
I write down chapters ideas and quotes, etc., in a notebook I keep for each book I writer. Often much of it goes unused. Other times I am amazed when I re-read my notes and the section of the book I am working on changes.
I know writers who outline chapter by chapter and work from that. I am not sure how they do it. It wouldn’t work for me. And that’s one of the things that makes writing great, the diversity in styles, voices and approaches to doing it. What works for me might not work for you. There are no rules, only guidelines.
I guess if there was one rule, it would be WRITE.
Photo: Amy & Aodhnait, twin sisters & friends of Sheila Cullen, my friend in Key West. O’Donough’s Pub, Dubin