I broke the 2k barrier today for the first time since I finished the Long Night series at the end of March. Had a decent night’s sleep after a number of bad ones and this has reminded me how important it is to creativity. That, and the fact that I’m consistently writing more words now and that brings momentum with it, and momentum helps creativity hugely. Once a story hits its stride, it becomes far easier to write.
One of the great joys of writing – and especially because I don’t write to a strict plan – is when I discover or experience something surprising or touching. It’s exactly the same as the feeling I get as a reader of other authors’ work. I wrote a single paragraph today that enriched the relationship between two of the characters in a deeply satisfying way. I hadn’t planned to write it, but it was exactly what I wanted from the two of them.
A large part of writing, for me, is about understanding the characters I’ve created and allowing them to do what makes most sense from their perspective in any situation. Sometimes it’ll be all kinds of wrong, but they think they’re doing the right thing at that moment. The challenge is to inhabit so many minds at once, especially for those characters that are least like me. After all, what do I know about what it’s like to be a female vampire who’s been tortured? To paraphrase Sir Laurence Olivier – it’s writing, darling.