Tuesday, August 10, 2010
The Honeymoon - Donna Alward
Of course later on it becomes very much the day to day living with it, fighting for words at times, moments of rapture, but, like marriage, a lot of Hard Work.
I love the honeymoon phase.
This summer sees me starting a few new projects and there is nothing better than this "discovery" period. Possibilities is the best word I have for it. Anything can happen - including magic. In the honeymoon phase I don't have to be overly concerned with arcs and acts and writing myself into a corner. The world is my oyster. And my job is to fall in love with my characters and care about their problems - because if I do, there is a better chance my reader will too.
I've got 2 things on the planning burner right now, and I'm having great fun. One is a bit lighter in tone, and I'm imagining snappy dialogue and a heroine that isn't going to let the hero get away with anything. I've pulled a little role reversal and it has me rubbing my hands together with glee just thinking about it. The other is softer, lazier, with a longer character arc and a bigger world. I'm looking forward to sinking my teeth into that one too. I already love my heroine and my heart aches for what she faces at the beginning of the book. And the hero - he's kinda delicious. Both have had what I'd call "defining moments" in their lives but neither have really dealt with them. But in this place - and with each other - they kind of can't ignore it anymore. And I'm pretty sure they're going to fall in love at the same time.
When I'm neck deep in the middle I know I'll be cursing and grinding away to get things just right. Right now, as I work on the beginnings, I can't stop the sense of optimism I feel as I type the first words that will be their stories. :-)