The classifieds are done, the paper is off to press, and things have settled into the quiet afternoon that usually follows the hectic Wednesday send-off. The roast beef sandwich I had for lunch isn’t helping much with that whole staying awake thing, but the sleepies are actually kind of pleasant today. Even my forum lurking is caught up for the time being, so I’m spending a lot of time gazing out the window and pondering plotlines for The Book.
I’m in a bit of a quandary over said plot lines, actually. I’ve got reverse writer’s block. So many ideas, old and new, are crowding around that I’m not sure which to tie together and which to save for future projects. Too many story arcs can drag down an otherwise nifty whole, so careful consideration is required here.
The other thing I’m currently wooling around is method. Every writer has his or her own way of working and getting results. Mine used to be just starting with a sentence and seeing where my imagination wound up at the end of the session. While that made for entertaining school assignments, I’m leaning toward an outline setup this time. This leaning scares me because it may be a symptom of too many years of technical writing, but it does feel right. I’m going to go for it and see where it leads.
That’s all my pontificating for now. It’s 3:00 p.m., my Ork gets to go home soon, and more research awaits. I’ll update as the outline progresses. ~H