Saturday, May 28, 2011

Change of Direction

One of the joys of writing is when all the planning and mapping and character research is suddenly jumbled, and a new direction emerges. This weekend was such a moment for Chap 8 of The Empty Everything (which I’m gonna have to find an abbreviation for that title because I’m sick of typing it out all the time!).

I hit a snagged a few days ago, but pushed through this weekend when I had a bit of inspiration. A thought, a possibility, came to me while working out – this is a common occurrence for me. When you least expect it, your subconscious decides to take a moment to solve everything for you. Thanks subcon!

This change means rearranging the plots for a couple of other chapters, but that’s okay. In fact, it becomes a catalyst for even better ideas. The core of the novel is the same; it’s the way the message is presented which has changed.

After this deus ex machina moment, I scrapped a portion of the chapter, but then wrote like crazy. At this point, I’m about 3/4 of the way done (only the chapter, not the entire novel, dammit!) but I have a much clearer idea of where I’m going.

Now the big question is … maybe I'll post it online here for a sneak preview? Hmmmm. I would, but I don’t think anyone is reading this. Sort of like the dilemma of the tree falling in the empty forest.


  1. I'm reading this :)

    I love when my subconscious brain solves something that way! It has happened to me a couple of times with the PhD... I will be reading and writing and trying to figure out where I am going on a particular section, and then I will wake up in the morning and be in that dozing phase... and BOOM! I may end up scrapping it later, but in that moment it is such a relief!!!

    What is 'The Empty Everything' about? E2 would be a cool abbreviation if you could actually get it to look like E squared.

  2. Working out has definitely been a time and space for my thoughts and ideas to emerge or take shape. I think it's that temporary break - when you're focused on something else and not stressing yourself out about finding the right word or capturing the right tone that things fall into place.

    I agree with Raine :)