Well, I did it. I started writing. I limited myself to ten minutes a day, in the morning, after exercise and breakfast and during coffee, which kind of helped me focus my mind, although the result is less right-brained perhaps than true bleary-eyed morning pages.
Not that the words I managed to plunk out are any kind of masterpiece, mind you, and they don’t have to be. My goal this week was just to get actual fiction dribbling from my fingertips, as opposed to meta-fictional dithering. That dithering at least gave me an idea of how I wanted the story to start, which gave me something to write about for ten minutes as I added to the story each day. So, yay me. At some point soon, I will hit the limits of what I was willing to outline in advance, and then we will see where the characters take me.
Yes, I like this much better than outlining the whole friggin’ thing, or even most of it, in advance.
There were some difficulties, though. As I mentioned in other updates on this new story, it is a fantasy story involving spirit beings from some kind of Elsewhere who have taken human form on Earth. My “Earth” is very much the Earth we see around us everyday, so no one knows there are spirit beings among them. And I want the discovery of that fact to be something the reader experiences along with the human characters in the novel. Which means I can’t write from the POV of any of the spirit beings, at least initially, unless it is in some cryptic manner that doesn’t give away their true nature.
But the very first scene of the story opens on a spirit being in human form, running scared up the street, the apparent victim of a crime. None of my human POV characters have entered the story yet. So who’s point of view do I write it from?
If you’ve read the Harry Potter series, you know that nearly the entire thing is written from Harry’s POV, to the point where Rowling won’t show private conversations between other characters unless Harry is surreptitiously listening in. There are only a couple of exceptions to this in her series.
I am trying to limit the number of points of view I write from, ’cause I tend to go overboard with that, but since I can’t write from the point of view of my spirit beings, I will have to pick a Random Stranger on the street who sees my character. Probably the shopkeeper that gives her a place to hide briefly.
But given that this particular spirit being character is new to Earth and has no frame of reference for it, I am writing it for the moment from her point of view, so I can understand her mental states and therefore know what she is likely to do. Later, I can rewrite it from the observer’s point of view. She is going to be an interesting, if bizarre, idiot-savant kind of character.
No word counts, I don’t find them useful.