Nuts and Bolts. Little things. Small shards of metal in an otherwise grander machine. And yet, without them, the car would fall apart, the building would collapse, the wharf would crumble. Two years ago I discovered a most amazing book. Book in a Month by Victoria Lynn Schmidt, PhD promised me a fool-proof system for writing a novel in 30 days. Sure, said I, the skeptic. But I bought it. It seemed the most legitimate book claiming such impossibilities. I already had an outline, already had characters in place. I was working on a sequel for crying out loud but I needed some structure, some oomph to get it out of the cracks in my mind and onto the page. And you know what? It worked. I wrote an entire novel (ahem...300+ pages) in the span of one month.
I'm doing it again.
This time, there is no outline, no plot in progress. In fact, there's barely a skeleton to hang clothes on. But I'm giving it a go. Today is day four (I'm skipping weekends because, let's face it, we all need some time off) and so far, I have ten scenes outlined, a one sentence summary AND a general outline for what she calls Acts I, II (part 1), II (part II) and III. I'm still not quite sure what's going to happen. I have ideas; they flit in and out from between my ears as I rattle out the bolts. Slowly but surely, however, I'm tightening and hammering and I'm seeing something that vaguely resembles a plot.
A daring undertaking? Perhaps. But I've done it before so I know it can be done. If you're in the mood for some no holds barred writing, or if you just need some help getting started, this book may be the key to unlock the stories hidden in your mind. It's helped me. And after this book, I intend to use it for the next, the next, the next...you get the picture!