So week one in this process has rolled past and I thought I’d pass along a few thoughts.
The first is this is a ton of fun at this stage. I’m asking “What if?” to darn near everything I can think of or that passes across my news feeds. I could get used to this kind of fantasizing (and no, it’s not another “50 Shade of…” type of fantasizing. All you have to do is look at a Net meme and ask, “What if?” What if big bird was cancelled? What if Facebook goes broke? What if we have another housing crash? Take any headline and ask “What if it’s true?”
I finished up the book on the process and am about to reread it. That’s a really good first step I think to firmly cement the order of this project into my head. The difficulty of course is that “fiction” is a different language entirely than “non-fiction”. And bending my head around those differences is critical to success. What I’m intrigued with is whether the thinking patterns are so dissimilar that success in fiction is going to demand I leave the non-fiction writing behind or can I indeed learn it and keep both. The jury is out on this one so this is a major question yet to be answered.
I think I wound up with a idea. This is a very good thing and I’ll try to explain this in a later post when I get a full handle on it. It’s clearly not the story but the germ of a notion of the when-where of it all. And I’ve identified several concepts that may fall out of this idea (all these terms are strange to me as well so you’re going to have to bear with me while I sort them all out in this planning phase.)
So week one has me finished reading the book, identifying an idea and starting to research the nature of that idea. Even bought a few ebooks about the idea to get myself immersed a bit deeper into the area.
And just in case you’re wondering – nope, I’m not talking about the details of the idea/concept/story before I release it to the world (if that happens)
What is clear however is that just like learning to write my first gardening book, there is a steep learning curve here. It took me two years of to-fro with my first agent before I had crafted a decent book proposal so I’m not sure how long this will take. I’ll get back to you on this thought as well.
Bottom line – I’m currently enjoying it. Moving forward and expect to pick up the pace over the next week as I reread the book and start moving my idea to the concept stage.
And yes, there will be further explanations as I get them right. This note is my way of keeping myself on track with this process.