Friday, October 20, 2006

The Beginning…. And the End

Molly blogged about finishing a book, which is a huge event. And deserves huge congratulations.

Any writer that finishes a book, published or not, deserves a serious pat on the back. Well done, you’ve accomplished what so many people talk about, but never actually do.

I’m in the process of finishing a book as well. Another 50 or so pages, some serious editing, and I’ll be done. This book suffers from some serious mistakes as well. Starting it, I thought it might be a little lighthearted. I don’t do lighthearted well, so a third of the way in, the tone changed, probably for the better, but the beginning all needed to change.

The relationship between the hero and heroine also changed significantly. Halfway through I gave them a past history, so more re-writes and a lot more of me wishing I’d figured all this stuff out before I’d written the book.

But, at the same time I’m finishing this book, I’m also starting another.


I can’t resist. One of the joys of writing for me is starting a book. I love it. I love writing that first chapter. I love thinking through the upcoming plot twists and the character reveals. The idea of an unwritten 400 pages invigorates me. I know this makes me weird, but hey… I’m weird.

I also usually know writing that first chapter how the book is going to go. Whether the book is going to be easy to write, or hard. This next book, the first three chapters have come together really well. My first draft is solid, which is really unusual for me. Why this book and not the one I’m finishing?

Why is it, some books flow so well, are joyful to write and everything comes together easily, and others are like slogging through quicksand.

I’d love to hear whether other writers have the same issue. Are some books easier to write than others? And why? Because right now, it’s a mystery to me.


Molly O'Keefe said...

You know -- they all start well - mostly because they've been sitting around in my head for so long -- so I can cruise through the first 50 pages but then I grind to a terrible halt at chapter 4. Every book is the same.

But your enthusiasm for this project comes right on through the writing -- this will be a fun one to read.

Maureen McGowan said...

I am constantly amazed at how you can work on more than one book at a time, Sinead...

But have come to believe that some books come like gifts from the writing gods and some require way more pain.
Not sure why... Wish I knew so I could invoke the gods more often.

Molly O'Keefe said...

hey - speaking of gods--tv gods -- have you guys seen dexter on the movie channel about the forensic blood splatter expert/seriel killer? micheal c hall - the brother from 6 feet under? AMAZING!!! sinead this is so your kind of show --

Sinead M said...

Writing more than one book, means one book suffers... and suffers badly. so it isn't something I should do at all.
I have to get back to finishing the current book.

Dexter looks amazing. I'm saving it, waiting till I have more time. Which might never happen, but excited. Who doesn't love a serial killer...

maureen, how was the conference?

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