I spent the weekend thinking about how I was going to approach this particular unfinished, hot-mess. If you've been here long enough, you may remember a little behemoth I called Nano (short for Nanotechnology - aka Bloodflow). I finished the first draft a few years ago and then left it to simmer. I've gone back to it several times - each instance discovering it had taken on a scary quality. It's big. It's got so many twists and turns it puts my paperclip box to shame. And every time I look at it, it adopts the attitude of MONUMENTAL UNDERTAKING.
In short, it's nasty.
It has the main plot. A sub plot. A sub-sub plot. A budding romance. A villian who isn't. A villain who is. Henchmen working behind the scenes doing things even the villains haven't authorized. A red herring or two... :shudder:
Yeah. It's nasty. But it's also delicious. I can totally see how this could be the BIG BOOK. I just need to jump on ride this f... sucker like the untamed beast it is until it becomes the dressage champion I need it to be.
But frankly, the idea is scaring the holy hell out of me. And it has for years.
The last time I tried to tame this thing, I did the note card approach. Each scene written down with major points and key ingredients. I have a whole pile. And it didn't help me one bit. (Still isn't helping - since I picked it up over the weekend and went 'arrgghh'.) Note cards are not my process, apparently.
|"Whyfor did you bathe me, Mom?"
So, Sunday I printed off the best couple first chapters I'd come up with and yesterday I sat down with a notepad and pen. That's my process. So far? Well, it hasn't bitten my hand off yet. That's something.
Wish me luck. I may need it.
What nasty job have you tackled recently?
Oh yeah, I was so not wanting to tackle this bear that on Friday, I bathed the cat. That ought to show you how much this thing scares me. Max does not make bath time lots of fun. ;o)