I have not been sleeping well. This is due to one thing: I have a story on the brain.
I hate it when that happens, don’t you? Part of the contract we make when we write, though, I guess. You get these ideas that start to flower and suddenly they are putting out new shoots and root systems throughout your imagination and before you know it you are behind on sleep.
It’s like the story takes over.
I’m considering working on a Haxan prequel novel. I have the idea for one, but I don’t have the story. Over the past couple of weeks the story has been coming to me, bit by bit. What started as a trickle is threatening to turn into a waterfall. When that happens I know the novel will be ready to be written.
I was worried at first because I wanted to write a prequel novel, but didn’t have the story straight in my head. As of this morning I am getting the story straight in my head but…I kinda could use some sleep. Oh well, I’ve made that trade before. I guess I will do it again.
The first thing I need to do is start making notes and getting some of this down on paper. I no longer write stories out longhand (okay, I only ever did that a time or two) but I still like to make notes on a legal yellow pad using a black ink pen. I guess it’s a sort of comfort zone with me. Then I move to computer for the real donkey work.
Best thing about all this? Research! I love doing research for a story. My favorite part. I like learning new stuff.
How about you? How do you break in a story? Do you let it slowly develop or do you get an idea and immediately begin to work from that?