So, now the final draft of Tapeworm Slim 2 is well under way and I have revealed more details to my Facebook followers… It is time to commence my fourth book, “Skin”, into the planning stage. With no work set to start on it – on a keyboard and blank laptop screen that us – it leaves me at the character/story/structure phase.
You see, I know what Skin will be about and much if the story but, to get it clear in my head, I have to act out the key scenes of the book. This means many conversations with myself and bizarre acting, where I pretend to be two people and argue in an empty room, so I can pad the scenes out! I’ve had many arguments, duologues and screaming matches when everyone else is out the house! The neighbours must love me… Different voices, full scale arguments and late night music with particularly dark songs on repeat!
To some… It may seem like a completely weird form of sociopathy, either arguing feverishly with oneself or pleading eternal love into a mirror, but it remains a ritual I have to do to beat my story into shape. My characters need to be alive and so, to do this, I need to enact crucial moments of the story so I know what falls where.
It’s fun to be psychotic at times…
… And it’s nice to let creative juices bleed out whilst no one else us around and I decide just how I will represent my characters throughout the twelve month writing process.
Skin will be dark, personal and challenging. Having just done a massive pandemic and political commentary on Tapeworm Slim 2, I want to return to something more intimate.
To do this, I’m shaping some evil characters, some damaged ones and a relentless one who is cursed with malignant pride. So I’m breaking each chapter down into scenarios and giving each character mirror time to see how their personal fit the story.
I don’t want to write the same people I’ve just done over two Tapeworm Slim novels, so I need to create new and fleshed out people who deserve a lengthy chunk of my life.
Tapeworm Slim 2 lands March next year and I need a break from that world, before I conclude it with part 3, and Skin was an idea which hit me – as I traversed the hospital car park to work no less – and the motivation has increased since! I haven’t been this excited about something for a long, long time so I’m ready to leave slimming pills behind for a bit and set up a whole new world of darkness!
My lead character has even required some method writing at times, intoxicated nights of sitting in the darm with some very intense music playing on my headphones, as she needs a specific darkness and a three dimensional believability to bring her to life as an intense character.
Method writing is fun!!! Looking forward to more of it over the coming months as I start in earnest!
I’ve not been on here much recently, due to the fact I’ve had to work lots of overtime at work as I’m not a pro writer (I wish) and editing Tapeworm Slim 2 has been a monster task. Anyway, it’s my day off and I’m going to settle down for a well earned relax! Can’t be mad, sad and weird all the time. If I was living as one of my characters too much I might lose myself too much! Sometimes you have to just think of the sea and enjoy these long winter nights…
Tapeworm Slim is in sale now at Amazon, the sequel lands in March 2018!