So, it’s less than twelve hours until my blog on ABBA is due and I’ve given it no thought because:
It’s the holidays.
I only have until 31st October to finish my book.
It’s my niece’s birthday and I had to buy her a present.
My mum needs a cataract operation and I spent ages on the phone sorting it out.
There were blackberries begging to be picked.
It took 45 minutes to cycle to where the blackberries were waiting to be picked.
My son is in Bangkok, trying to get to Sydney but the flight has been delayed 26 hours and counting.
It’s still sunny.
My daughter has just come home from a day’s shopping in Bath with her friend.
She bought a camera.
I have annoyed her by saying she should have bought it from a ‘proper’ shop in case it goes wrong.
I have no insights worth sharing.
But, I have a commitment so please find below a brain dump of all the things that I’m finding difficult, writing wise:
In a sequel, how much of the earlier story do you need to put in? It’s hard to judge. Too much will bore the reader who already knows the background, too little and it won’t make sense to the disobedient reader approaching them in the wrong order.
How do I refer to my character given that she has several pseudonyms? I keep putting in aka and annoying myself.
I have chosen a structure that alternates between current day and several years ago. Do I need to give the chapters headings to help the reader or shall I assume they are capable of keeping up with me?
I set the first book in Bristol, where I live. The second is set in Leeds. It seemed a good idea as I went to university there, but when I looked at a street map I realised my memory is unreliable. Does it matter?
In between fretting about the plot, I am conscious that I should be thinking about publicity for the first book, out in November. Even the word makes me feel like watching Breaking Bad and eating dark chocolate with dried cranberries. Does the fact that it’s the holidays mean I can shelve those thoughts until September? (Do any writers relish the idea of ‘selling’ their books?)
My character has a trip to Yemen. I have read relevant blogs and spent far too much time on trip advisor. As the work is fiction, how authentic must it be? Do I need to find someone who has been there to check what I’ve written?
(I am enjoying asking all these questions. It’s like having an imaginary friend.)
I have endlessly googled bomb-making, and similar, will there be a knock on my door one day? Do other authors erase their search history?
Would you mind if I stopped now, and went to fry the turkey strips? (I know, what possessed me to buy them?)