Thursday, October 6, 2011
Starting a new book is like falling in love. It’s that heady sensation of a new romance, the joy of discovery, getting to know new characters with whom we will intimately for days, weeks, months, perhaps years. They get the best of us, the parts that no one else, not even our closest loved ones, can have. They live under our skin, inside our heads, we share a pulse. There’s a sense of possibility. The world is open to us. The journey is still before us. We are at the very first step of it. There’s a thrill in placing those first words on the page, following them with the next one, and the piece gaining momentum.
Every moment away from the page is torture, like leaving a new lover. You eat, breathe, sleep, and live the book, even when you’re nowhere near the page. The rest of the world seems dimmer, and only the world of the book is sharply colored, sharply defined.
I’ve written with an outline, without an outline. Planning makes it easier to face the page on the tough days, but neither way dilutes the way I feel in those first heady days of a new book.
There will be tough days ahead. There will be days when I don’t want to face the page, days when the characters will fight me, will want something different than what I hope is best for the book. There will be days when you look back at the words that flowed in those dizzying, charm-kissed days and throw most of them out, replace them with stronger, more specific language. You’re going to get rid of all those words that seemed cute and charming, but no longer earn their keep. You know that. I know that. None of that matters.
Today, I fall in love with a fresh, clean page, the words I plan to place on it, and the possibilities of my characters and their world.
--Annabel Aidan publishes under a half a dozen names in fiction and non-fiction. Her paranormal romantic suspense novel ASSUMPTION OF RIGHT is available in both digital in print from www.champagnebooks.com. Visit her webpage at www.devonellingtonwork.com/annabelaidan.html.
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