I think I did it to myself again.
What was it Einstein said about the definition of insanity?
Yeah, that might be me.
I was in my office – no more jokes about the brewery! – working on background stuff, and the itch to write an actual scene hit me. Then it got worse and worse until I had to do something about it.
So I sat there and wrote the final scene for Connor’s sequel. Just like I did for the last scene in Wrath & Tears, I loaded this one with emotion and importance. It’s not anywhere near as tragic or overwhelmingly sad, but it is weighted with most of Connor’s history and personal issues. It’s short (~400 words), but it’s got a ton of impact nonetheless. And, yes, if you’re curious, it does have a nice little collection of my own issues as well. Thanks for asking.
Great, now I have an opening scene and a final scene, but still no plot. I have ideas and thoughts and characters…and an awful lot of dot-connecting to do.
Did I ever mention this is my favorite place to be? Staring at a blank page for a new story? Well, I just did. The story you’re about to write is always better than the one you just finished.
I’m geeked out and excited in ways that folks who don’t write can’t really understand. Friends tell me they’d be intimidated and wouldn’t even know where to start. I don’t know if I’m weird (err…that’s been pretty well answered, I think) but I love this part: the whole story stands in front of me, and I have acres and acres of ground to explore…and nothing to hold me back. I have a million ideas, and all the freedom in the world to turn them into a story.
I am, in fact, a happy panda at this point!
Now, don’t get me wrong…there is some downside to writing this final scene first(ish). Yes, it gives me a point to aim for. Yes, it lets me know where my protagonist is (dramatically speaking). Yes, it puts the whole process in a certain perspective. But…there’s always a but.
But, I put some elements in the scene that I hadn’t planned or anticipated. They work, and work pretty damn well, so now I have to account for those elements and adjust the story to accommodate them.
I seem to remember once mentioning that I love it when my characters (and my stories) surprise me. Connor just did it to me. Again.
Shit, maybe the little bastard was right about writing his sequel…just don’t tell him that. He’s enough of a pain in the ass as it is.