The best laid plans …

very interesting post Chris, not that it helped me very much. I think how a writer writes must be a personal thing, really understood only by them. I always thought writing would be easy. My sister Anita makes it look easy, and I never had a problem when I was younger. So when I started ‘Nine Lives’ I was full of optimism. Six months later and nearly finished first draft, and I have to report that it is the hardest thing I have ever done. What started out as a mystery has developed into some kind of thriller. I have absolutely no control over my characters and it’s scary!


How do you go about planning a novel? It’s a question an old friend and former colleague of mine asked me recently. He told me it’s been a vexed process for him has this planning stage, and I wonder if that’s perhaps because he’s become inclined to over-think the process. You should think about it of course, but not so much that it paralyses you.

John_Updike_with_Bushes_newUpdike, wise old sage of American letters, suggested that, when writing a novel, you should have a good idea of where you are going to end up. You owe that much to the reader he said. I like that, because it suggests simultaneously that you do have responsibilities when writing, but that you shouldn’t let them become so crippling that you don’t get anything done.

There are many ways to plan a novel though two get talked about most, I suppose we could call them…

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