Goaded on by the lovely people who have read my novel, ‘Darkness Knows Me’, and those who are waiting for the next in the series, I am currently trying to shift into high gear on the next manuscript.
Initially, I thought this would be a relatively quick and simple task because the manuscript already exists. Silly me! (I think I’ll be saying this quite a bit over the next decade or two) The idea was to take the plot lines from this existing manuscript and Olivia and Will and all the other players in the last book and shove them into the pre-existing story. Sounds simple, right? How difficult can it be? Well, I have to say it seemed much simpler in my head, and we all know how deceivingly simple things can be in our head, don’t we?
The reality outside my head? The story lines aren’t playing nice with the characters. A lot of pushing and shoving and passive aggressive behavior going on, because in the real reality, the old manuscript’s story lines don’t fit the characters and their established backgrounds, motivations and behaviors.
So, what am I going to do about it? I’m going to keep the story lines (because they’re good and because I’m the author, dang it!) happily rewrite what needs rewriting and allow the characters to dictate how they want to move through the story. If someone becomes obstinate, there’s always the corner for a time out. And if something just isn’t working, I can do what Stephen King does and blow something up or set something on fire. (in the story, not my house)
It’s seems simple (there’s that word again) but that’s the plan and the finish date is set (in my head again) for some time before Christmas.