Armed with a laptop and iPad, painfully writing out chapters by hand is not an option. I can write anywhere and have been blessed with the ability to completely switch-off from all distraction and focus completely on what I am doing. I take my equipment to outside benches, parks, cafes and pubs and when I do not have anything with me then I rely on a small handheld notebook to hold those sudden bursts of inspiration and my iPhone for visuals.
But, it all goes back to the single idea that forms out of the ether, moves me strongly and then lodges itself firmly within my brain. I can remember where I was and what I was doing when it happened for each of my novels - the local church for 'Temptation,' in front of a PC screen taking a virtual tour of a street I used to frequent for 'Star Keeper' and ascending the slippery cobbled streets of Halifax, Yorkshire for 'Crushed' which will be published later this year.
As that initial idea takes shape and is added to, it is easy to allow it to run away or become stifled by too busy a plot or too many characters. If I reach the point where I need it all to make sense again then I have one favourite place to sit and ponder it.
|Where I find perspective|