This being Monday and the new bloggity plan being to write about WRITING on Mondays...
I thought I'd chat about starting over.
Any of you that have finished a novel, REALLY finished....as in deciding to NOT do that 556th revision of chapter 22, or looking through the whole thing just one more time for those pesky adverbs and passive sentences.
YOU know what I mean.
We live with our characters for probably a year or so...at least in my case so far. I wrote my latest book in seven months, and then spent the next eight months revising, querying, revising, querying, reading it over and over and over... I know these people. I know them intimately and thoroughly, and yes when I'm bored or driving or just by myself and no TV is on (or even when it is) I find myself in their world. Long after the book was written. Like creating little mini episodes in my head for my own private viewing. It's a sickness that only other writers understand. :)
They are easy to come back to...their words and thoughts and actions flow so freely.
Then we have to start...
dum dum dum DUMMMMMM!
And for me, I have to say, it's like dating. Like breaking up a relationship, and meeting someone new. Or maybe it's like moving to a new town....meeting all new people and getting to know them. It's HARD.
At least it is for me. It's hard to get invested in these people I've only said hello to in passing. I don't know them yet. I don't know their secrets. I don't know where they go at night. I don't know how they take their coffee or if they like bacon.
Once I'm all up in it, it's okay. But it's that initial walk-up. That moment when you're moving into a new home, and you're in and out of the house bringing stuff in...and you see the neighbors milling around, mowing their grass, checking their mailboxes, doing things outside to accidentally-on-purpose check you out. You see them, but you have to find the balls to go introduce yourself or wait forever for them to bring you that plate of welcome brownies.
If you wait for them, they'll be all on their best behavior and have their zits covered up. If YOU approach, you might catch a glimpse of something raw and real. And you want that. So you have to jump in there and meet these people.
That's what I'm doing. I'm starting my third book while my second is out on sub. Getting to know these people before they can hide. And it's HARD! But I'm loving the exhilaration of it.
How do you get to know your new characters?
How do you feel when starting a new story?