Saturday, September 17, 2005

the two sides of my brain

I have no idea how it happened, but I started writing two books at once.
The first one is outlined down to the chapter titles and has the characters and story all plooted out, although that means nothing in the long-run - outlines tend to die writhing in agony in my books.
The other book just sort of happened as I sat down and opened a blank word Doc. It's coming along quite nicely, thank you, although I have No idea where it's headed. So far the heroine is lying face down on a gravestone after imploring the aid of a certain Capt. Black Jack, pirate extraordinaire - hung until dead aged 31.
Now the strange thing about these tow books is that both have heroes named Jack. So obviously I will have to change one of them. (Capt. Red Roger?) Oh dear. The possibilites with this name are endless.
In the outlined book, I planned lots of fun, inventive love scenes. So far the hero and heroine are not showing the slightest interest in each other. I have tried, through dialogue, to get a spark lit, but to no avail. I may have to resort to councelling, or have the heroine look elsewhere.
In the book with the pirate, he's dead, and yet his interest in the maiden sprawled across his gravestone is almost palpable. I hadn't planned on his avid interest. I should have known better - in book one the hero has only been dead for a year (oh, didn't I mention he was a zombie?) and in book two the hero has been out of commission for over a hundred being real prats about waiting, I really should have seen it coming.
Anyhow, the book I was going to send to EC will certainly end up a YA book at the rate things are going, and the pirate book that I thought would entertain kids will certainly end up at EC where there are big red warnings about not letting kids near the books.
My brain is definitely two-sided. I just hadn't realized how different the two sides were until now!


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Daisy Dexter Dobbs said...

It’s amazing, isn’t it, Sam, the way a writer’s mind works? I’m one of those writers who usually works on multiple manuscripts at once. Why? I don’t know, it’s just the way I’ve always done it because it comes naturally. When I get blocked on one manuscript, I’ll switch to another for a day or so. It’s the best way I’ve found for dealing with those times that I just can’t come up with a single word to type and I’m staring at a blank screen.

Writing more than one story at once can cause complications when ideas for one book cross over to another book and I find that a character in one story actually fits better in one of the others.

This gets terribly confusing at times and when I finish a book and proof it I’m always kind of astounded at what I’ve written because I can’t imagine how I actually pulled it all together. LOL

Sam said...

I have a feeling little gnomes sneak into the computer room and work on my stories when I'm asleep, lol.

Wynn Bexton said...

I have another novel half finished but decided not to work on it while I am completing "Shadow" because it is too different (a Celtic tale) though it has an Alexander theme too. Also stopped working on my Sappho play. Should be working on a new travel article. Man, talk about spitting the brain into a kazillion pieces!