Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Woke up with a bit of book lodged in my head

Storms last night, big ones. They set off the sirens and sent Laura and I to the basement at 4:00 a.m., always a pleasure, especially since it means herding cats. I was just starting to nod off after getting back to bed when I realized I had a chunk of book lodged in my brain.

Since I can't leave story alone, I started nibbling around the edges of this one and pretty soon realized it was both quite large and, technically, on my schedule. It's the beginning of the Halifax book that I've mentioned once or twice before, which isn't supposed to show up for at least a year– possibly more since I've got 3 books firmly scheduled in front of it and, depending on the vagueries of contracts and such, as many 7.

Silly book, I don't have the time to write you right now. Unfortunately, it's not listening and I quite like what I've got so far – 1-2k words and big bit of plot, character, and setting. Maybe I can cheat and carve out a bit of extra writing time in the mornings before I'm really awake. I'd have to see if I could hold two novels in my head while writing them in parallel for a bit, but that might make a fun challenge.

Oh, and for those of you who've been paying attention to my process, this one's a real oddity. I don't have strong ideas about the contours of the world at the moment. I'm not even sure about the edges of the magic system beyond the way they affect the protagonist personal situation. I'll have to see how that goes. Since I've caught this one forming, I'll try to add bits of the how of it as I go.

Anybody else got a bit of the wrong story lodged in an uncomfortable place this morning?

4 comments:

MariAdkins said...

I realized I had a chunk of book lodged in my brain.

That's both a blessing and an aggravation - at times. :D

Silly book, I don't have the time to write you right now.

I have to tell that to characters sometimes. No, it's not your turn. No, it's never going to be your turn. Shut up and let me work!

I'd have to see if I could hold two novels in my head while writing them in parallel for a bit, but that might make a fun challenge.

It's as interesting and fun as it is stressful...

Anybody else got a bit of the wrong story lodged in an uncomfortable place this morning?

I've had a prequel I said I'd never touch floating around in there...:sigh:

Beth Hansen-Buth said...

It happens with paintings too, and I have to get up at Awful O'Clock in the morning and do something about it.

Kelly McCullough said...

Mari, this: No, it's not your turn. No, it's never going to be your turn. Shut up and let me work! made me grin. It feels just right at the moment.

Beth, thanks for stopping by and also for noting it's not just the writers who are dragged kicking and screaming from bed by the idea that wants to be written...right now!

Kelly Swails said...

Y: Your process for this novel sounds like my process for everything! Latch onto a character, find out what his deal is, and go from there. I love it already.