mystery bookI was toying with a silly idea a few weeks ago, and started clacking away on my keyboard. At first I thought it might be a fun 500 word blog, or a start on a little essay to store away and forget. However, for some silly reason, I looked at it, read it, and then decided to re-write it in the third person.

Don’t even bother to ask why I did that. I do silly things like that very often. I even fell over a silly name to give my character. So after -re-writhing it, I started to add, play and develop more very silly ideas. Now, some weeks later it has developed into a work in progress novel. No planning. No carefully crafted synopsis. No research. Nothing. Just vomiting words out through my fingers and seeing where it takes me. At a couple of junctures, I have had to stop and think.

What the hell happens now? But after a beer or dinner or a good night’s sleep, something pops into my head, and away I go again. I have no idea where this story is going to take me. At the stage I am at, I don’t even know if I am ten percent or eighty percent through the story. As for an ending? Well, that is still a mystery. I have no idea whatsoever of how it will end. Should it happen that I do find an ending, it may well eventuate into a new novel. I’ll keep you posted.

A Silly Idea
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7 thoughts on “A Silly Idea

  • 07/02/2010 at 10:49 pm
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    Hopefully your "silly" idea will pan out nicely! :)

  • 08/02/2010 at 12:07 am
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    Hey Derek :) Sounds like a plan. Good Luck with your silly endeavor. I'm sure it will work out nicely.

    P.S. Please do not use the word "vomit" LOL

    Best Wishes,
    Kathy

  • 08/02/2010 at 12:36 am
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    Ok Kathy, I'll try and ration my use of the 'V' word!

  • 08/02/2010 at 3:26 am
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    Sounds like great fun!

  • 08/02/2010 at 5:27 am
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    Cool! I love when stuff works out like that.

    The last novel I finished and the one I'm working on now are so different from the mysteries I'd written before, I sort of took your approach. Except at some point, I had to create an outline. Nothing fancy, just a general idea of the major plot points.

    I envy people who can just write it out without planning, though I suspect they might spend more time revising than I do.

  • 24/10/2011 at 9:53 am
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    Hmm. I may have to look into the beer solution for when I’m not sure where I want to go with a story. Well… Maybe not beer, but something with alcohol. I can always use a good dose of silly. Sounds like a fun way to write. :)

  • 24/10/2011 at 10:06 am
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    Amazing; I think every writer dreams of penning their novels that way. I’m trying my best not to feel inadequate with my plot structure now hehe. Good Luck with the rest of it! :D

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