I have a new first draft!

11/6/09

Yesterday I completed the first draft of a new novel.  It is always amazing to me when this happens.  This is because I do not outline my novels, a serious mistake according to many writing professionals.  I do agree that if you can create an outline first, you will probably save yourself both grief and time.

But that isn’t how fiction works for me.  Though I may have some idea of the characters and events I want to incorporate, most of the time I am walking on a tightrope without a net below.  If I am not constantly surprised at where the story is going, how can readers be?

This new novel was a special challenge because it started from a single wild idea:  what would happen if you woke up one day and found a dead body floating in your backyard swimming pool?

Stay tuned.