I am not a writer who plans my novels to the very last punctuation mark...
As I haven't done the "MA in creative writing" that now seems to be near-obligatory to get published (don't even get me started on that), I do not have any "method" and I feel completely free to do things exactly the way I like.
And that freedom is essential to me and is what makes the writing process rather thrilling (apart from when I have complete writer's block as has been the case for most of lockdown and the weeks beyond... I have just found my writing mojo again.) The only issue with this is that I can go on a tangent whilst writing the first draft and make everything more complicated for me.
I've lately done just that, making a minor character who was not supposed to appear again in the novel the core protagonist in a scene which was never going to happen until about a week or so ago. Just as if things were not complicated enough in The Right Place, I've decided to have a major scene featuring music, art and intrigue on a particular night of the year - with all its symbolism and logistical conundrums. And I have just named a band "Veasta", the name of the Portland sea-monster whose sightings have spread across the centuries...
I have no idea whether I'll put this off or not.
But it's exciting!
I think therefore I write.
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