Paula is ready to start a new novel.
In the first two weeks of 2016, I have sent one novel to my
publisher, edited another one ready for re-issue, and edited the manuscript of another
author prior to publication
In other words, my desk is now 'clear' for me to start a new
novel. However, I find myself in a situation I have not encountered before. I
have no idea what this new story will be about!
I have a basic scenario i.e. a backstory for both main characters,
and I have two possible starts for the story – but can’t yet decide which to
Beyond that are blank pages! Ideas flit through my mind, and
last night a friend produced a list of 15 possible events in the story, but I
haven’t yet been able to develop any real story arc – apart from knowing there
will be a happy ending, of course.
So now I am not sure what to do! Do I start the story, and
hope the characters will take over and tell me their story? Or do I keep
rolling the ideas around until something jumps out at me to show me which way
the characters are (or should be) heading?
I’ve always said I am a pantser, but at the same time I
usually have a vague outline in my mind when I start a story, or at least some of the major events/turning points in the story. At
the moment, however, my mind (and my computer screen) are very blank!