Well, after succumbing to cyber stalking for a short while, I realized that it’s time I turn my attention to more productive forms of playing the waiting game.
So, I’ve started dancing the hokey pokey with the first chapter of my new project. The first five pages are always the slowest going for me. It’s where I set up characters, relationships and setting and get a feel for how the rest of the story is going to play out, despite my already-written outline.
Even though it only takes me about 8 weeks minimum to get a rough draft down, one week of the eight is spent on the first chapter.
I swear- it’s an average of a page a day in the very beginning. Why? Well, my ritual goes something like this:
I knew even as I
walked walk… wait, is this present tense or past tense?
I know even as I
headed head towards the Dammit!
I knew even as I directed
our click our group towards the…the...the...the what? Where the hell ARE they again?
Emily knew even as she… oh dear god.
At this rate, I start to wonder how I ever managed to write an entire book in the first place. Maybe the first three were flukes? But then I looked back on the post I wrote when I began my third book and realized, this is just how it works for me!
The good news is, once characters, feeling, setting, and voice are in place, the thing usually skyrockets out of control and I spend most of my time running a second behind what my fingers are typing and struggling to bind the whole thing down to the original outline with steel wire so the plot doesn’t go AWOL.
So how does it work for you guys? Stress first and then ride the tide? Or go with the flow and then go back and adjust?