Idea Development

Posted by on Aug 13, 2010 in Uncategorized |

Before I went on my holidays I spent my time writing about the idea’s for my next book. Whether it was to rewrite the first book, revise it for the millionth time, or start with a brand new idea. Since deciding to start with a new book and come back to revise the first book at a later date some of you are probably wondering why I haven’t posted anything about the new book. Well it’s simple really.

You learn a wealth of knowledge in the process of writing a book. If you don’t do your research first, you can be a little late on learning some things. Outlines for example, are a personal preference, but having written a book without one, I’m not sure I’d do it again. It’s not that the book doesn’t work without an outline, and it’s true it’s very exciting to see how things unfold as your characters do, but it helps a little when it comes to revising.

The same goes for character outlines. I found while writing the first book, I was learning who the character really was as I wrote. Now, you’d think would make for a great reader experience, after all, it’s not until they’ve started reading the book that they learn who the characters are. Doesn’t makes sense they learn more about the characters as the story progresses? Yes it does, however, if you don’t know who the character is when you start writing and you have a solid chracter personality at the end, it might come across as choppy from beginning to end, as opposed to cleverly showing the reader only pieces of who your chracter is at a time. You think it’d be easy to go back and rewrite the beginning parts with your new-found character identity, but it’s not that simple. What if your character is so vastly different from the start to the end of the book, couldn’t that change the outcomes and decisions he made at the beginning? Or did something he learn along the way truly justify the massive change in his/her perception.

This might all seem like I’m rambling on, and perhaps I am, but I do have a point. There is a lot of thought and pre-book-writing work to be done before you start writing page one.

First there is the idea, which for me I think I finally have a good grasp on. Then I need to figure out who the main characters are. I don’t mean what they look like or what their names might be, although that is important. I mean who they are and what they are they like.

How do they react to things, what do they like and dislike, what kind of music or TV do they watch and why do they like it? I need to know this character inside and out so when the time comes to write, I know how they talk, walk, fight, laugh, react to insults, and in what order they get ready for bed. Do they brush their teeth first or combtheir hair first? Okay, the last might be over doing it but you get the point.

The reason I haven’t been posting much about my writing recently is because I have way too much other work to do. I don’t know where my story is going, who the characters are (although I’m slowly getting there), or what the result of this hopefully future epic story will be. I’m thinking about it, writing about it (when my computer at home is working), and brainstorming constantly. I always have pens and notepads with me!

I hope to soon have some exciting information to tell you. Although don’t get too excited anticipating what my story is about because until I finish writing it, I’m not going to tell you. :oP

Have a great weekend everyone. See you next time. Same Matt time, same Matt channel. For me that just doesn’t get old. Cheers!