Welcome to my new blog!
I have been hesitating starting this because I wasn't sure what I could put in a blog, until I got to thinking about the next few months. My latest novel will be published in November. I have one son leaving for overseas and one who will return from overseas, one sitting his HSC, and one who is likely to do anything, and most certainly blog-worthy. I also have to sell my house and move to a totally new area, all while I try to write my next book. So I think I should find something to blog about.
And so now I finally begin – at the same time as I begin my next novel. It should be an interesting way to chart the journey, at least. Perhaps I’ll come here when I’m stuck, or when I’m tearing my hair out because it’s all getting too hard. I could say I’ll drop in when it’s going like gangbusters, but then I probably won’t, because that’s when you can’t stop, and you don’t want to stop. The characters have taken over the story and are running with it, so you have to run to keep up. That is the time I like the best, really one of the main reasons I keep writing. Because if it was all as hard as it is when the going is tough, what would make you want to keep going?
Sometimes it’s beginnings that are hard, like walking into a party with a lot of people you don’t know. Even if you’re outgoing and interested in getting to know them, not everyone will respond so willingly, or turn out to be type of person that you want to get to know. Then you’re stuck in a corner struggling to make conversation and waiting for an appropriate amount of time to pass before you can make an excuse to move on, go to the loo, get another drink, whatever. We’ve all been there, right? Other times it’s a great party, you get along with everyone, you’re flitting about in all directions having a wonderful time, and you all want to party on ... but then it gets late and you have to leave ... which is when you realise there’s nowhere to go.
So here I am, on book number 9, with a little experience under my belt, taking my time to get to know my characters, not expecting too much, but hoping things will develop into a nice steady relationship. How about you? How much time do you give characters to get to know them? A few pages, or a whole chapter? A couple of chapters perhaps? Or do you judge a book by its cover and the blurb on the back?