Believe it or not, but as I picked up FLEE THE DARKNESS a minute ago and flipped through the pages, I don’t remember any of the story. I could read it right now and probably enjoy it as much as any reader–because it’d be a complete surprise! It’s been a while since I wrote these books.
The other day I was trying to explain my memory to someone–I simply can’t keep everything inside my head; there’s no room. When I’m writing a book, I learn a lot of facts about the topic, but when that book is done, that mental file drawer closes so I can open and fill another one. The one thing I do try to do is remember where I put the information–in books, on the computer, or in a file, so I can access it later if I need to.
For instance, since the summer of ’06, only two years ago, I have written five complete novels, two autobiographies (with other people) and edited three other novels for re-publication. Oh, yes, and finished my doctorate. No wonder I can’t remember what I had for dinner last night. 🙂
But–the one thing I do remember about the writing of the first book is this story: at one point I sent a draft to Grant. He contacted me and said (and I’m paraphrasing): “I don’t get it. We have an available male character. We have a beautiful and intelligent female character. Why can’t they get together right away?”
LOL! I had to explain that part of the tension of any novel is that the “romantic” tension must be stretched out along with the overt plot tension. You can’t have people falling in love too easily–they have to suffer first. 🙂
Grant laughed and said that he’d defer to me in fiction if I deferred to him in prophetic matters. I agreed that was fair enough.
Tomorrow: the editing. (I do remember a great story about that!)