As a self-confessed pantser, it was always going to be a tough challenge, but I thought I had an idea - I had an explosion in the first scene (that's dramatic enough to last several thousand words, isn't it?) and I had an array of characters either trapped or watching the drama unfold.
I thought that after a few hours of writing random scenes the characters would take over and show me their stories.
Except, they haven't jumped off the page yet, They are staying resolutely flat and half of them don't even have names. They are the bride, the guy in a coma, the nurse, the housekeeper.
So, after a moment of utter panic, here's my list of things to do:
- Eat chocolate (of course! I haven't eaten any so far - that's obviously the reason!!)
- Encourage my muse to appear - my muse is my three-year-old self, she likes to play hide-and-seek, and she doesn't eat her greens.
- Relax and read something - I have a stack of books waiting.
- Dress up as a witch! (Seems random, but I'm going to a Halloween party later!)
How are you doing so far? Any tips for a first-timer? How was your Halloween?