I started the new adult novel last night. After writing 50 or more children’s books it’s good to take on the challenge of the adult market. It’s great to be able to draw on the experiences of adulthood too, instead of those I have as a child. Let’s face it, I have spent two-thirds of my life as an adult already. Even with the dialogue it’s a relief to be able to use the way I talk instead of how a teenager or youngster speaks for a change. I love increasing the detail and description too, playing with the language. Manipulating the sentences is my alternative title for editing. Sounds much more fun. Yeah, I’m liking this new challenge at the moment.
As usual I haven’t planned the book at all and with the exception of a few very basic ideas it will evolve on paper from my head in the usual way. I never have a clue what is going to happen or in which direction the story might go. It is part of what I do that’s very exciting. David Almond, who wrote Skellig said the story wrote itself and I know exactly what he meant by that.
As usual I am looking around to find characteristics of friends and acquaintances to add to the characters I create. Working in McDonalds, as I sometimes do when I’m on the road, is a great place to pick up on little quirks or mannerisms in the customers and I can feed some of these into the characters too.
There is always a lot to think about when starting a new book like making the opening as engaging as possible. I’ve tried something different with this one. Of course it is a first draft so it might well be edited out by the time the book is finished, but I like the idea of what I’ve done.
If you’ve got any ideas of how to start a new novel that you’d like to share, drop me a line on the contact section of my website.