Tuesday, September 04, 2007
BOM: The Writing
Writing Doesn't She (known to me now as DSLN) was a nice break from writing Uncharted. The latter was more speculative and definitely more of a suspense novel, so DLSN was more character driven and reality-based. Both books required in depth character development, and I had to keep in mind that Jen, Gerald, Joella and the boys were going to be around for THREE books, not just one. You may have noticed that I left a few strings hanging, dropped a few hints, that will be brought up in books two and three.
Writing DSLN brought back many home-improvement memories for me . . . . I'm an inveterate home improvement person, and I think I've undertaken a major remodeling of every house we've lived in--except this one (no room to remodel here!). So living "under construction" like Jen does is definitely something I've known from experience.
In any case, the writing wasn't too hard. I did have this book with me when I attended my second Don Maass intensive, and while I was there I was still trying to work out who lives and who dies. I had originally thought that XX would die, but Don suggested that XXX die as well. I said, "Oh, no, that's too many dead bodies," and Don laughingly said that he didn't think you could have too many dead bodies in a book about a funeral home.
Still, I couldn't kill off XX. (Sometimes you have to go with your gut). And I can't say more without ruining the book!
Tomorrow: the editing.