Thursday, January 26, 2012

rip it up and start again...

Current work: new book
Listening to: Bach
Reading: next on TBR (but I’m reading Locatelli’s ‘Made in Sicily’ at lunchtimes – fabulous and a bit inspirational as well)

So there I was, stuck on the book. Choice of tortoising away or playing with iPhoto… well, you know what I’ve been doing all week. (I am a bad puppy. I know.)

And then at 5am this morning I was wide awake and realised what the problem was. I'd started the book in the wrong place, because I was so keen to get the backstory in. (This is my 52nd M&B. How can I still make such basic errors?) Oh, and I'd started with the wrong characters.

As I lay there in the dark, it hit me what needed to be done.

Cue padding quietly downstairs to make a few notes on the iPad… and today will be better.

Book so far is officially scrapped. (Though of course I haven’t thrown it away. There are bits I intend to pinch from that. The basic stuff is fine – just not for this book.)


liz fenwick said...

Sorry that it happen to you but in a weird way nice to know others do it to. Hope that you know write the wind.

Fiona Harper said...

Yay, for the right brain whirring away in the night and sorting it all out for you! Pain in the butt it didn't kick in before now, but better late than never.

I was also awake last night, trying to scribble the idea for the opening of my next scene down in the dark. Thank goodness I could read it this morning.

It's so irritating that the middle of the night is such a creative time, as I am not a night person!

Liz Fielding said...

Love those early mornings when there is no one around, everything is quiet and the book is singing loudly in my head.

Kate Hardy said...

Liz - hugs to you, too. And I hope it picks up again, too!

Fiona - hope yours is going well, too. And me too on not being a night person - 5am will do nicely, but not 3!

Liz - absolutely. Unfortunately, when you live with someone who is noisy... :) (He's planning days off this week to use up his annual leave. Arrgh. I'm going to send him off to research garden sheds so I get P&Q.)