I’m a few days into the writing process and here’s what I’ve learnt so far:
- I need a few more characters than I first envisaged
- It’s much easier to write descriptions if it’s based on somewhere I know well
- Picking character names is much easier with the help of a random name generator
- When it comes to understanding the more esoteric aspects of technology, wikipedia is my friend
- I love writing
My plan is to carry on writing all the way through the first draft without stopping. Apparently (according to Will Self) it’s the best way of making sure you capture everything while it’s still fresh. Once complete, I can then spend a lot of time editing and rewriting the things I’m not happy with. However, the temptation to play with what I’ve already written is huge. I already know how I want to alter the first section of Chapter 1 to make it even more interesting and there is a large piece of exposition (also in Chapter 1) that I want to break up and disguise as the book goes on (I must remember: Show not Tell, Show not Tell).
It may be a while before I post again as I really am trying to avoid distractions, but please don’t stop sending in comments, support and tips, either here or through Facebook. They all really are appreciated and I promise to come back to you all properly once I trust myself a bit more.