I don’t want to plagiarise the master but the gist of what he said was – if he didn't know how the book he was writing would end then he was sure the reader wouldn't know either.
Thank you Mr King. Having had your book “On Writing” on my book shelf since the time it was released here in Oz, it sure has taken me a long time to follow your advice.
I am usually a plotter and a planner. But having decided in October to write a book in a month in November, I made a change.
With a ‘what if’ that gave me a problem and a cast of characters, I set out with only a mud map and no destination in sight. My task was to write a 60000 words in the month, 2000 words a day, to make the writing as good as it could be given the deadline, to be aware of structure and to carry along all the threads of the story and not leave smoking guns lying about.
I made the 60000 word deadline but the destination is still not in sight. More writing has to be done. Much editing and rewriting is required. Much research is needed. I guess I will kill a lot of ‘darlings’ before it is finished.
But what an enriching experience to find that what began as a crime fiction story became a multi-layered novel about the dynamics of friendship along with the mystery, crime and romance-I hadn't anticipated the latter but it evolved.
It took a lot of self control to not look back, not to read past chapters. No time for that. Resisting the urge to print the day’s work, to read and edit it, broke a lot of my entrenched writing habits.
Magic happened and I learned a lot about motivation, cause and effect and all the other aspects of writing we read about but maybe don’t give enough attention. It was a great experience and I recommend it to any one who wants to lift their writing to another level.