Monday, 16 March 2015

A Plan For My Next Novel

While I work on Immortal Space I'm sometimes struck with ideas for other novels. It's just the joy of being creative I guess. It's actually pretty rare but I did recently get an idea of something to do with my next novel. It wasn't even related to story or plot. To be honest I'm not sure what I'm going to write next. I have three options at the minute.

1. An Immortal Space sequel
2. Caspian
3. The Spirit.

I'm thinking the Spirit because it's the first story I wanted to write. I planned it out a few years before even doing Immortal Space. What happened is that I wanted to improve my writing skill, feeling I owed it to the story.

One thing I've realised while going through Immortal Space is the importance of second drafts. What I'm working on now is sort of almost a third draft of Immortal Space, rather than a second. But it's proving a pretty good idea. Last week I was rewriting a 2000 word chapter that turned into a 3000 word one because I didn't put in enough detail the first time around. It made me curse the older me who didn't do enough work the first time.

Well writing a second draft isn't really my great idea. That seems almost a given at this point as something I should do. No my actual plan was to do a handwritten first draft. I've always wanted to do a handwritten book but the problem was I never wanted to do a second draft. So I always typed things up to save time later on. Next time round though I'll probably do a handwritten first draft.

RIP My hands.

10 comments:

  1. "RIP My hands."
    Please take frequent breaks, stop when you think you may be overexerting yourself, do small hand/arm exercises, etc. Don't want to end up like me do you?

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    1. To be honest I'm really surprised I've never gotten Carpal Tunnel given how much time I spend on my computer. I'll take care of my hands.

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  2. Writing by pen always sounds so much more fun than it really is. I don't think I could pen an entire novel. Not when typing and scratching out sentences and replacing words is so much easier via laptop. I mean, it's not the most 'romantic' of art forms, but it sure gets the job done.

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    1. I think I'd just like to do it the once. Just to say I have. I wonder if I'll even make it all the way through before giving up and deciding nah, it's not worth it after all. It doesn't even sound all that fun.

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  3. Word processing technology is God's gift to writers. If you're going to write by hand, why not go all the way back to quill and dipped ink? Don't spit in the face of the Divine!

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  4. I know what you mean about getting new ideas. In fact, I have plans for books for the next few years.
    Hope I don't die.
    But that, of course, probably goes without saying.

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  5. I know what you mean about getting new ideas. In fact, I have plans for books for the next few years.
    Hope I don't die.
    But that, of course, probably goes without saying.

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  6. Hello Mark, greetings and good wishes.

    Wonderful to have a plan. I am amazed at the pains your are taking to write a book. Very few people have your persistence.

    Best wishes

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  7. A pen written novel? Makes my hand hurt just thinking about it.

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