I have had my book idea for well over ten years. Every so often, I open it up, dust it off and think ‘this is going to be it’. I write a few paragraphs, get distracted by life (or a rerun of a good sitcom) and the book just seems to close itself up until next time.
But something has drastically changed this time. I purposely suspended my satellite service for six months in the hopes that I would read more but what has happened has been mind-numbing. In just over a week, between working full-time and volunteering a few hours a week to make meals for the food bank, the characters have come to life and are pushing each other out of the way to tell their story.
In the past decade of developing this idea, I have come up with its inception, general direction and 9,000 words. In the past week, the characters have become extensions of my brain and I have feverishly typed 16,000 more words and they just keep coming. If I can keep this up, this book could potentially be finished by the end of April (because I periodically take time to write a blog post or two and work so I can pay my bills).
It is an exciting process. I have written my fair share of short stories, but getting involved in something as detailed as this is fascinating. I get excited when a new idea pops into my head that weaves into the novel to give it a bit of a twist and I can’t wait to see where it goes next. I have a general outline but when I sit down to write, I just go where the story takes me. I can’t wait to see what happens next. Gotta go….the characters are calling.