Writing - Stuart Lennon
Most of you have forgotten, but I am writing a book.
I’ve forgotten from time to time.
Fortunately, I somehow snared a writing buddy (Amanda Fleet), who reminds me.
Amanda and I have been discussing a character in my novel. We’ll call her Natalya. As her name is Natalya that seems the simplest thing to call her.
She is quite a looker and smarter than the average bear. Amanda wanted to know what made this woman tick. Had I worked out where she was from? Did I know her backstory?
I began typing an answer to the question. I stopped for a cup of tea. Then I typed some more. And more. Yes, I did know where she was from, what made her tick. To my own great surprise, I know a hell of a lot about her.
This taught me two things, which I now share with you for free. (Don’t forget to buy the book when I publish it)
- When I’m not sure about a character, or a plot, I’m going to write down the question, and then start writing the answer out. It’s amazing what’s in the head, waiting to come out.
- You do not need a writing buddy to write a book. But having one makes it a hell of a lot easier.
Amanda has not mucked about as much as me – you can buy her book here.
When not toiling away at the book, I have been preparing for my wee walk which is a scant six weeks away now. Stu and I are, in turns, terrified and excited. How bad could it be?
Right. Off to polish Natalya. (Ahem…)