Plotting can (as does excessive planning) also ruin a project for me. If I find myself more excited about planning something than actually getting down to the quick and writing the damn thing, then that’s dead and buried. But it is equally true that poor planning can end a novel as quickly as you started. Great ideas bloom into something worth reading I think, and if you’ve got a good idea, it’ll grow. I’m already making small notes about my next novel, and I suspect I may do a bit more planning than usual since it’s focusing more on the fantastical than I’ve ever done before. But, I’ve got to edit this book first. And that’s something that will teach me more lessons. I already know some chapters will either be scrapped completely or totally recut into something else. Small details have been ignored, one character has been made redundant, and there are some rush-jobs here and there could do with some extra sauce, but that’s how first drafts work. They are always awful. Sooner or later, with enough polish and careful tending, the final piece is going to sparkle with that showroom gleam.
As I wait for the month’s passing so I can edit my novel with fresh eyes, I’m going to focus on the short stories more. Yeah, I still write shorts when working on a novel, but now I can be extra mindful of what to write next. I really wish I started writing shorts before novels, but you can never underestimate the power a short story holds over everything else. Some of the best stories out there are shorts such as Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption and 1922. Both Stevie King, I might add. Anyway, I’ll continue to scour the landscape for opportunities, send them off and see what’s what, but until next time, keep writing.
Songs of the Week:
- 'Prelude' by Foals
- 'My Number' by Foals
- 'Moon' by Foals
- 'Late Night' by Foals
- 'Milk & Black Spiders' by Foals
- 'Inhaler' by Foals
- 'Bad Habit' by Foals
- 'I Don't Want to Be Here Anymore' by Rise Against
- 'Metal & Dust' by London Grammar
- 'Infinite Dreams' by Iron Maiden