Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Writing the book I want to read

I saw a post on Tumblr the other day which got me thinking (always dangerous, I know).  The gist was that the writer who'd made said post would rather be reading the book they were writing than having to go through the effort of writing it.  Make sense?  Probably not.

While I can't exactly agree with the sentiment because of how much I enjoy the writing process, it did strike me.

In an extension of my thoughts about readership in my previous blog post, the Tumblr comment allowed me to think about my work as a reader - but not about some other, hypothetical people who might one day read my novel.  More what I would want if this was a book I was reading rather than writing.

It sounds like an obvious thought, typing it out here, especially as this was how I always wrote, back in the day (when I were a nipper...).  I don't seem to do it so much anymore.  In planning book 3 I've thought an awful lot about what I need to include but not a great deal about what I want to have.

So I made a list (I do like me a list) entitled 'What Would I Want from Book 3?'  And the points I wrote were actually quite surprising.

But I won't go into the specifics of what my exercise produced.  For those who are familiar with my series, there could well be spoilers; for those who aren't familiar, it probably wouldn't make the blindest bit of sense.

The result is what's important about all this - that I'm suddenly much more excited about book 3 than I was before.  I've made only small changes to my plans but it made a big difference to my mind-set.  This is a book I want to read as well as write.

Chapter One's pretty much done and Chapter Two is coming on a treat.  I'm really looking forward to getting stuck in!

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