It seems that my procrastinator-self has reared his ugly head once again. I can’t find the motivation to write my book. I have been on Chapter 15 now for months; MONTHS I TELL YOU. I feel guilty that I’m not doing it. I feel ashamed to call myself a writer. So, if you will join me dear reader friends, I am about to embark on a little Procrastination Therapy.
Whilst I haven’t been writing I have been doing book-work. This book-work has been information collecting.
It has become apparent to me that I have so many stories/threads/characters that I am going crazy. I know from experience that the best way to deal with all of this information is to write it all down. And I do… The problem is that all of this info is dispersed through several different notebooks. I have decided it’s time to collate this info into one big notebook, therefore making it easier for me understand all of these seemingly random ideas.
I have turned one of my Oxford Project Books into a Crystal Green Notebook. It comes complete with dividers and that magic paper that doesn’t show the ink through the underside. The book has 4 sections, and each section has been given a title; and those titles are the working titled for the next 4 novels of the series (which I am not going to divulge just yet…)
I know I may seem presumptuous, but I can’t stop myself from creating stories for these characters. It’s automatic for me. It’s like breathing.
But rather than just copying out all my notes into their designated sections, I am attempting to organise the chaos. This means reading all of my previous notes and slotting all of them together like one giant wordy jigsaw puzzle.
It is proving difficult.
Well, I say difficult, but in truth it’s probably more time consuming to be honest. No, actually, I think it is difficult. In streamlining this info into a coherent and understandable narrative I am really getting to grips with the future books and characters. This does mean, however, that the focus has been taken away from book 1, for which the deadline is quickly approaching. I haven’t even done any editing yet!!
Nevertheless, I feel I must get this info in order, or my head is going to explode. Then, I’m sure, I will be able to continue writing; actual writing with words and everything!