You never know how to write a book until you sit down and write a book. There are plenty of people in the world to tell you how they do it, but in the end, you’re the one that has to figure out how to get it done. I tend to tell people that there is no right way or wrong way to write. There are plenty of paths leading to the same destination of a finished book that’s worth sharing with the world. The important thing is you keep walking the path, you keep getting those words down until it’s done.
I’ve learned a lot about how I write over the last three years with this project: what inspires me, what blocks me, what scares the hell out of me, where my sweet spot is between plotting and letting the Muse take the wheel. I’ve learned that I’m terrible about editing as I go, and also, that it’s ok to edit as I go as long as I keep going. The good thing about my edit-as-I-go method is that I build my foundation a brick at a time, and it’s solid before I move on. The bad thing is that I can get lost in the editing hole and forget to do the thing that gets the book done — the writing!
Summer at the day job was brain-eating tough. It sapped my creativity. It was nice being able to focus on the task of editing, to still make progress even though my Muse was somewhere in Havana drinking mojitos. Now, I only have the last four chapters left to flesh out and clean up and it’s done. It’s exciting and terrifying all at the same time.
So that’s where I am — the climax. These are the scenes that have haunted my head for three years… the ones I have been chomping at the bit to write, but holding back while I told the story, building the beginning to support the end. I can’t tell you how excited I am to see how this plays out. I have the plot, the scenes, the reasons why… but I let my characters do what needs doing when it comes to dialogue. That’s where the magic happens for me.
PitDark (a pitch event on Twitter) occurs sometime in October, and I plan to wrap the manuscript up in time to put it out there for the world. More updates soon!