At Conflux, one of my personal highlights was hearing Justine Larbalestier interview the GOH Nalo Hopkinson. In an interview filled with interesting topics, Nalo touched upon how differently she perceived a novel when writing–differently to the usual linear progression from Beginning through Middle to End, that is.
That got me a-thinking. In my current project I am stuck a bit. Groan–a lot. I’ve got a reasonable beginning, a few scenes in the middle, and a vague idea of the end (corresponding to books 1-3). It’s like I have most of the pieces for one area of the puzzle, but in other areas I only have a few, and I’m not even sure if I’ve put those few pieces in the right place on the board. There’s no completed picture to compare with, you see, so I’ve been trying to build the puzzle by adding to the coherent area that I have.
Nalo’s comments caused me to think that maybe I don’t have to work from the area I have; maybe I can build on those other pieces and add to the puzzle from there. That is, start writing those lone scenes at the end of book two or halfway through book three without trying to get a logical progression from the scenes already written.
I don’t know if this will work. It sounds like a method that involves a hell of a lot of rewriting. On the other hand, at this point in time, I don’t care, as long as I have something TO rewrite.
Addendum: a result from jigsawing–just had one of those 180-degree turnaround ideas that change the shape of the puzzle. One of those ideas that make you go away and do something else, like clean the shower or write a blog entry, because it’s too huge to face yet…but I think that’s another post.