The hard part of writing a novel is not the writing, but the wanting to get my book finished and out to readers. I have a fairly good idea of how a book will go when I start writing it. However, I usually don’t write a formal outline and I usually don’t have all the details.
I basically develop the story as I write. So,by the time the book is completed, I have an excellent idea of how the story unfolded. Then, and only then, do I know for sure all the details about the story. That’s one of the reasons I am very anxious to finish a new book, like the one I’m working on now. I want to know how the book ends and until I write the ending, I’m not always sure.
I usually have a fairly good idea about the story-line, but sometimes the ending surprises me as much as it does the reader. For example, I was nearly finished writing “The Segmented Tail” and wasn’t exactly sure how I would end it. I had several ideas, but hadn’t selected one. Then, out of the clear blue Oregon sky. the ending came to me, like a flash of lightning or a thrown fir tree.
My new book, “The Trail in the Woods” is coming along the same way. As I go along, I make little corrections and add something that I realize helps develop the story. Do I know the ending, actually I do have a fairly good idea, but being the writer of the story, I have the ability to change it. That’s one of the things I like about writing novels, being able to change things to make it better. It’s just the waiting to get it finished that makes it hard for me.
I’m sixty some pages into writing “The Trail in the Woods” and I feel very good about its development. However, I can’t wait to see how it ends. Maybe, we’ll find out together. 🙂 Stan