I rarely have a problem coming up with ideas. In fact, my problem is too many ideas. Every news story and history book has me sitting there saying, “what if …” Right now I’ve got beehive mountains, steamboats, a detailed image of a sociopath, and a fifteenth-century Florence -style government in my head. Don’t even ask.
Even as a Game Master for our table-top roleplaying crew, I come up with dozens of side plots, distracting the players from the Real Villain and doing the opposite of railroading the plot. In a game, all of those can serve as herrings and I don’t have to make them matter; in writing, I have to find a way to bring it all together.
The result: a sick feeling that makes me not even want to sit in front of the computer. Deleting whole storylines, writing half of a chapter and then realizing it’s not going to contribute anything, eliminating whole characters from the tapestry of the story – that’s all part of writing, and especially for me. Add to that I’m somewhat of a perfectionist when I know that I cannot make a book perfect.
So what I will address is: How do I find a way to sit in front of the computer and straighten out my tangled mess? (more…)Read More...