This week’s word is…
As some of you who read my other blog may know, I began a series of stories entitled Heat a while ago and simply fell in love with the characters and what I think lies ahead for them. I realised that, rather than letting the story flow, I was beginning to get very bogged down in the ‘logistics’, for want of a better word. I was obsessed with making sure certain information details added up, which was proving difficult while writing each part of the story in isolation to the ‘bigger picture’ I had in my head of how it all would end. I made the decision to step away and continue the narrative outside of the blog, with the hope of making it into something more than just a series of stories, dare I say it… (gulp!) a novella.
I expected this decision would free my little creative soul to the extent that my fingers would become numb from all the typing I thought I would be doing, desperate to get Elsa and Bill’s story down once and for all…
Instead I simply did nothing.
I struggled to come up with W4W, other erotica, any fiction at all really. I shut down.
I think this happens to any one who writes. We need that time to step back, just let things sit in the dark, fermenting away in our subconscious until they are ready to be taken back out and crafted into the final product.
This is where I am with Heat. After a month of zymurgy, I am ready to return to see what has bubbled to the surface.
This morning I took out four large A3 sheets of blank paper and, with my favourite green inked pen, begin tracing outlines, character developments, plot lines, conflicts etc. I have never taken this style of structured approach before and I am curious to see if I will find it beneficial or if it will cause me to freeze.
Either way, it is a first step and I’m excited to see where it leads.
After all Stephen King has been known to put down novels only to return to them years later and it hasn’t done him any harm at all!
I would love to hear from other writers as to whether they use the zymurgy method and how it works for them.
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