Because I absolutely do at this point and I have no idea whether or not to struggle and pull myself out or continue to sink. My story seems to have come to that ‘no going back’ point and the plot is pretty much set in my mind now.
I’m a hermit by nature and talking to people is not how I tend to go about information gathering, preferring books and the internet to forcing myself into interactions. Luckily for me my co-workers are a curious group of people and they ask about what I’m scribbling in my notebook at break. It was this way I managed to get a good source of information through a friend of a friend.
As I mentioned before my story begins with a rather gruesome crash, one that will continue to be a focus all the way through the narrative. I wanted to make it as real and vivid as I could and although I work in the health profession, I’m not a paramedic. But thanks to a friend at work I got a little interview with one, which has given me lots of inspiration for my first chapter.
I’m still not bored of this concept, which was always a worry and, I think, my downfall from completing novel length works before. Once I’d completed the story in my head, it was difficult not to simply think up a new one, instead of writing it down for someone else.
I think my success in this instance has a lot to do with the fact that because my main character has to travel through the memories of other people, there is more than a single world to focus on. Every patient’s Virtual Reality Suite is vastly different from the ‘real world’ in my story and so even if I’m not in the mood to write one of them, I can switch over and continue a different one.
My word count is still behind, but I’m getting there. Thankfully I have another 3 days off work to play around and catch up! How’s it going with everyone else?