Flipping and Flopping

Had a re-think, maybe I need to do more research on the crime writing¬†front. I’ve made a start on the story, but I keep getting bogged down in what I suspect are unnecessary¬†details and I’m not yet clear what to do about that.

In the meantime, I’ll return to the second in the Leprechaun series and move that along a bit. It’s already got a few thousand words written and I have an idea where the story is going to go.

Interesting differences in approach to writing received at last week’s Harrogate International (Theakston’s Old Peculiar) Crime Writing Festival: John Grisham said that he plots his whole story out, chapter by chapter in advance of the actual writing. Lee Child, on the other hand, says he has no real idea of what’s going to happen, he just follows the story through, “I’d be bored with it if I knew the ending in advance.”

In a way I’d like to be able to do things the Grisham way, but other than a vague general idea, I don’t usually know what’s happening in the next chapter. So it looks like I’m following in Lee Child’s footsteps – all I need now are the book-sales to go along with it.

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