It’s been so long since I started a novel totally from scratch that I’m a little lost.
My usual process is to dick around for a few years without a plan, until the piece expands into something totally unrelated to its original iteration, and then buckle down and figure out what the core theme of all seven+ iterations up to now has been.
This is a great process! I love this process! By the end, I’ve got a dozen or so short stories that are so different from each other that only I know they were ever part of the same thing, and having extra material to work with is awesome.
However: it takes a long time.
Normally, that is fine. Most of my work is just emotional processing; there’s no Pertinent Event that starts it all; it remains relevant no matter how long it takes to finish.
This time, I’m emotionally processing a Pertinent Event. (If you’re wondering, I’m American, and it’s the obvious one.)
So I’ve got kind of a time limit on how long this is going to be relevant. Let’s say a year? Two years? Before everyone, including me, gets over-saturated and exhausted by this theme.
It usually takes me that long to pre-process.
So… uh… here we go? Wish me luck?
I have no idea what I’m doing.