1st Draft of Curse of the Bayous Complete

Cold Case: FBI - Curse BayousFour months. That’s what seems to be my usual book completion time, regardless of its length. Not sure why that is 😉

Anyway, The Curse of the Bayous has undergone a lot of changes since I first started writing it, including tweaking the title’s name. The characters themselves seem to just take over the story as I’m writing it. I’m sure that’s true for most if not all fiction writers, but it’s still interesting the way things change from the original story conception.

I’m the host of a fiction writers group in western Massachusetts. One person at a meeting once asked me if I write a detailed outline of the story before I start it. I told him not at all. In fact, my outlines, such as they are, go no more than a couple of pages of notes. I really believe that by keeping it loose, you provide the story and its characters a lot of leeway to keep the flow of the book going.

I likened my philosophy to following steps: If you create an outline that takes you from Point A, to Point B, to Point C, to Point D, to Point E, to Point F, etc. and so on, then you’re essentially trapping yourself in a very rigid story structure that doesn’t allow for a lot of flexibility in story telling. After all, no matter what might happen to your characters at, say Point B, you have to make certain they are in position to line up correctly with Point C–because if you don;t, then Point D is all messed up! 😉

Instead, as I said to the person at the meeting, I keep it pretty loose, with basically just an idea for the beginning, the middle, and then the end of the book. In between, I do have scenes and predicaments that I’ve thought up, but I don’t have rigid places in the book where these scenes must to occur (if, in fact, I end up using them at all).

Looking forward to starting the second draft of Bayous. For me, the second draft is the single most important draft, as it usually fleshes out the story, corrects plots holes and character gaffes, and gives me the opportunity to review the sequence of events as they occur in a much more fluid way than when writing the first draft, which is a slower process of actually thinking up scenes and dialog. It’s also after the second draft that I begin pitching the book, and while I’m waiting for responses (and rejections), I go through the book again looking for any further issues.

The first book in the planned trilogy, Cold Case: FBI – The Good Witch, is still being pitched at this time.

May 03, 2016 | Category: Cold Case: FBI, Fiction, News, Updates | Comments: none | Tags: , ,


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