Trying Something Risky
I get asked a lot about how I write, if I outline before starting, if I spend a lot of time plotting and researching characters, if I write chronologically or jump around.
Up until now I’ve always written chronologically, started at the beginning and worked my way through to the end. One scene at a time, one chapter at a time. If there are multiple point-of-view characters, I hop from one character to the next as I write my way through the story, usually switching point-of-views without a hitch.
I’ve been working feverishly on my next novel (A Thousand Sleepless Nights, due out October, 2012) and making great progress. But I’m doing something different, something daring for me. Instead of writing this book chronologically, I’m writing it one point-of-view character at a time. There are five, two main characters and three supporting characters, plus a fairly involved back story.
Why am I doing this? The main reason is because this story is all about the people involved and I want to make sure I get in each character’s head and stay there for their entire story. Hopefully, the reader will be able to do the same. My plan is to write each character’s story then splice all the accounts together into one seemless novel. It’s a big challenge and will take a lot of tweaking but I think in the end it will make all the difference. I hope so, anyway. You’ll have to let me know next October.
I don’t know if I’ve ever been as excited and nervous about a novel as I am this one. I’ve also never felt more connected to my characters as I do writing this story. It’s a whole new journey I’m embarking on . . . it could change everything.