Monday, December 24, 2007

I know I've said this before

I know I've said this before. But I've got an idea for how to do the Ohio River book. It has been two years since my Ohio River Journey, and I've struggled with how to write about it. I have hundreds of pages written, but no direction. Last summer I wrote fifty pages of what I thought was "the book." I gave up because the writing didn't excite me. It was too plotted, too planned. I knew the outcome. Boring. My new way preserves plenty of mystery. I need mystery. That is what keeps me coming back to write, the need to know how it will all turn out.


Anonymous said...

I'm glad you have found the way for your Ohio River book---what is it? Is the method something you could possibly share? 'Cause I've been there and haven't found the way out yet. Teagrapple.

ggw07 said...

Is this the method where you don't know the end and find it by writing? Or do you finally have the end and have figured out the steps along the way and will weave mystery into the journey? Or have you found a new way in to alter the whole tone, plot, characters and landscape? Or??? Curious minds want to know---
I'm gearing up to return to an old project. Making notes on something new. Gretchen

some chick said...

I like the not knowing..



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