WRITING A NOVEL: START TO FINISH, ENTRY SEVEN
I’m not writing this week. I haven’t been in the frame of mind for the story. I can’t even seem to picture the characters in my head, see them in scene, predict their present—much less their future. This seems to happen when I’m on to something good. I get to this point where I realize it is good, may even have potential to be slightly better than good. But what if it’s not. What if I blow it? You can have a fantastic start at anything then let everyone down.
The thing is, I know where I’m at in the story. My timeline has been modified to speed the beginning of the story along. But I’m nervous. It’s like crossing a frozen pond. Right off the shore where you can fall and clutch at the land should you need to, you’re all guarded confidence. Further out in the middle of the freeze you’re just fucked if something breaks. Getting to the start is impossible. You can die there, covered over by your horrible miscalculation.
I’m going to try to stop thinking about it. I’ll go for a drive with the music off. I’ll review those cool ideas I had earlier in the week. I’ll bring up my laptop and stare at the blank screen, white and pristine as the proverbial frozen water.
Yeah, maybe that will work.