Today, at Waffle House, I read a paragraph in an article from THE ECONOMIST, and discover my next main character. Her voice begins in my mind, and my next novel is underway.
I continue to find that once a character is created and comes fully to life, the story takes off. I may need to provide a context for action, but the action that takes place in that context is entirely at the discretion of the main character, the driving force behind the story.
I am, of course, also required to provide other characters for the story to progress. Once those characters come to life, they also contribute to the action.
Writing is believing.
I’ve heard that agents and publishers and perhaps even readers get wary when you admit you wrote a novel in 30 days. National Novel Writing Month – i.e. November – is called “30 days of literary abandon” for a reason. Every day, we Wrimos write – or hope to write – approximately 1700 words on an imagined novel. We imagine the novel. Some of us outline it. I laugh. “Outline? What’s an outline?” Rather, I have a vague idea of my main character and a clearer idea of what changes him, hopefully for the better.
So, Happy All Saints’ Eve. And know I’m getting geared up to write 50,000 words in 30 days beginning at midnight.