Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Trying to write a novel from beginning to end

I just started writing Part 3 of my textnovel entry. You can read it if you go to http://www.textnovel.com/. You just have to type the title, Obituaries, into the search bar. But then you have to log in or create an account.

I joined textnovel to read Minnette Meador's new novel, The Bell Stalker--a really fun exercise since she's still writing it. If you go to Minnette's blog you'll see how she's planning on interviewing the head of the Homicide Division of the Portland Police Bureau. So you can tell she's going to get the details right in her mystery. It's certainly shaping up to be quite intriguing, with a fascinating cast of characters.

It's interesting to read the works in progress on textnovel, hot off the keyboard so to speak. But the strangest thing for me is trying to write there, creating a novel-length story that starts at the beginning and runs to an end. I'm one of those people who usually start near the middle, or else begin with a short story where the characters insist they've more to tell. This time I'm writing forwards with a premise and a plan. The only question is, will I ever get where the story wants to go (well, and how many mistakes will I make on the way).

25,000 words and counting so far.
And 14 votes.


Helen Ginger said...

You're really flexing your writing muscles by trying something foreign to your way of working. Kudos for doing that.

Straight From Hel

Minnette Meador said...

Your story is wonderful, Shiela, and I know you'll make it. 25K is nothing to sneeze at, lady! You're almost half way there. The middle is ALWAYS the hard part, so push through. The rest will be easy! Keep on going...M:o)