I announced previously that I wrote fiction and that I would be sharing it soon. Looks like the time has come. But, before I share the link with you, I’d like you to take you through my journey.
Process: Writing the story was a spur of the moment decision; motivation for which I mentioned in my previous post. But, when I actually put the pen on paper or in this case, finger on the keyboard, words were difficult to come by. I had a few scenes loosely constructed in my mind and nothing else. I could write those scenes first and think about the others, but, I didn’t want to do that. So, I let the scenes run in my mind where they kept churning. In the meantime I researched on the background of the story, facts, history on the internet. With this new information in place, a few more plot points started taking shape. Then it was deciding between first or third person. First person view point would make the journey more intimate, but, I felt this story demanded a third person view point as there were a few scenes which needed description. With this, I started writing the first chapter. I knew the story would be short because I was not going to stick to character developments or descriptions in this book, all I was aiming for was an entertaining story. As I started writing, dialogues (which I tried to keep as realistic to the characters as possible) quickly took precedence over the plot moving the story forward. Half way through the book I stopped writing because I didn’t know how to take the story forward — there were plot loop holes I was not sure how to bridge. I did not revisit the story in my mind for a few days deliberately occupying myself in other work. After a few days I sat back to write and things started to come together. In the absence of deadlines/pressure my mind had somehow worked things out. I could now bridge one scene to another till the end. In a few days time the story was complete. But, this was only my first draft. A lot of rewriting lay ahead.