Sunday, 10 July 2011
On starting a new book
I don't really talk much about my novels until they have reached a tipping point and know I'm going to finish them. Especially in the very early stages, when delicate tendrils of ideas are emerging, vulnerable to tramping feet, icy blasts or harsh words. I make an exception of the offspring, but remind her not to be squashing. So I'm not going to talk about my next book, just the process of switching from one to another.
I've completed four novels now, and found each one of them hard to leave. The final words have been written, all corrections made, it's finished; but the characters are still kicking around in my head. Not until I've found at least one new character equally absorbing can I begin to transfer my allegiance; I have to peg away doggedly until there's an almost audible click, the thing is done and the book begins to fly.
I can see the allure of writing a series. Not just the opportunity to garner a faithful readership, but the switch to the next book must be so much easier when your characters come with you.
Do any of my readers find the same thing? Or are you like Trollope, able to finish one book in the morning and start another in the afternoon?
Posted by Lexi at Sunday, July 10, 2011