As I continue to wade through the fun parts of my WIP (and while my previously finished novel remains on submission), I thought it would be fun to share a little snippet of what I’m currently working on.
Right now I’m in that delightful stage of writing where the ideas are fresh and I can bounce around between different sections of the work. At some point I’ll have to buckle down and focus on outlining or drafting or revising one at a time, but for me the beginning of any project is about getting as many good ideas down as possible and arranging them into a proper shape. Eventually that shape becomes more and more defined, and after it looks like something resembling a story I can focus on putting together an actual draft.
So I’m alternating between researching, outlining, character development, and actual scene drafts.
That and asking myself the fun questions like, ‘Beyond the plot, what is this book really about?’
At this point, I do know what the most important theme of this story is – Tricks, Illusions, and Truth. (It might sound a little weird at first, but what is more important than the nature of reality? How hard is it to tell what’s true and what’s not in our world today?)
Val Bennett, the story’s protagonist, will have his fair share of problems differentiating between illusion and reality.
So, without any more rambling, here are a couple of snippets from the story.
“Most things in our world are about selling. Even if they don’t realize it, everyone is trying to sell something. They sell ideas, time, themselves – persuasion is just a glossy word for it, thought up to make it sound more sophisticated. You think I’m wrong? Just look at the top of our country, at our leaders. They’re the epitome of salespeople, the best of the best, selling themselves and their ideas to whole countries at a time.”
At heart a trick is nothing more than a clever lie – and Val’s life had been woven out of lies for as long as he could remember. The key was to sift through the darkly glittering tapestry until you found the one thread that dared to peek out – the untucked end, the edge that had frayed. Then you pulled and pulled and pulled until it all came crashing down, and the truth hidden behind the illusion sang in the sudden light.
More drafting today and tomorrow – next week will be focused on character development and more outlining. I do love how fun the early stages of projects can be once you’ve found your stride.
What do you guys think? Which part of the writing process is your favorite?