Some Thoughts About my WIP

I'm about 3/4 of the way through my first draft of the new Rocky Bluff P.D. crime novel. This one is starring Gordon Butler. He's fun to write about because he's a good guy, but nothing seems to go right for him.

I know exactly where this book is headed, but I've really had a lot of interruptions while writing it. I don't mean people interruptions so much as just different jobs popping up that I need to tend to.

I have managed to write a few pages every day, but sometimes I'd really like to keep going but I can't.

While thinking about this book I began to realize that nearly every car I'd described was silver. Even though I'd kept a card with the names of the cars and who they belonged to along with the color, I managed to make most of them the same color. One of the reasons, I'm sure, is because I'm not much of a car buff. I don't care about cars--only that they start when I turn the key and that they get me safely where I want to go and then back again.

I've never yearned for a particular kind of car nor have I even been any good at recognizing one make from another.

I usually turn to my husband to suggest a type of car that would be good for a certain character, or one that will work for what I want to happen in the story.

The worst thing I ever did with a vehicle in a book was one of my first Deputy Tempe Crabtree mysteries. For awhile she drove a Blazer then it became a Bronco and a few pages later turned into a Blazer again. No one noticed. Not my husband nor my publishers--it took a reader to point out the error.

What I notice I'm doing with this book is a lot of dialogue and not much action. Of course I'm building up to some great action for the ending, but when I get this first draft done, I'll have to go back and insert more of what the characters are doing while they are speaking to one another. I've done it already in some places, but in others, I was far too anxious to get the scene written.

I don't think as well in the evening as I do in the morning so mornings are when I do most of my writing.

When I'm out and about tomorrow, I'm going to take a good look at the colors of all the cars and see if I can't come up with more variety than silver.

Marilyn Meredith


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