THE BLOG CHAIN is comprised of a group of fiction writers from Query Tracker and RallyStorm. This round we decided to do a Jingle Bells Chain. We will post on different topics and link to people in the chain that we normally don’t get the chance to link. So get in the holiday spirit, and jingle around the chain with me!
I ran across a post today on Melissa Marsh’s blog, Grosvenor Square about Staying In Touch. It got me thinking about the how I stay connected with my novel when I am unable to write.
The holidays are upon us, and that often finds writers scurrying for time and leaving their novels behind. But there are other times throughout the year when for one reason or another we are unable to write.
Writing THE GATEKEEPERS’ CHARGE I realized that I needed to have some way to retain my focus. I write from the hip, not an outline, so my train of thought is important. I found by leaving bullet points and general thoughts of where my writing is heading and things I plan to cover helped me tremendously in jumping back into writing. I also have a shoebox full of notes and ideas. As I got further into the story, I decided to get a Mead Journal to organize things like characters and locations.
For my cozy mystery, TIME’S UP FOR FATHER TIME, I started with a Mead Journal for my notes. But I found myself daydreaming about the town and surrounding areas. I have several drawings of the town layout, different building locations, and even the floor plan for the Inn (which has gone through many renovations in my doodling). The Inn is a crucial piece to the plot, so the drawings helped to form the story.
Just ten days ago, another story popped into my head. I couldn’t wait to get to the store and grab a Mead Journal. The new idea doesn’t even have a working title yet, and I’m not exactly sure into what genre it is going to fall. It does involve salt and the ocean. Hmmm, the ideas are churning…
So I guess the answer to my thought about how I stay connected with my novel would be that it differs from novel to novel.
Do you do anything special to keep in touch when you can’t write?
The Blog Chain will return next year in its usual format, and it’s my turn to choose the topic. If you have any suggestions I would love to hear them!