I’ve been having fun with some Twitter tags – #girlgeek and #alphageek. I admit I’m a #girlgeek. I’ve not got the ego to claim #alphageek – for myself. But I do claim it for my protagonist in my current novel – and the as yet unnamed female protagonist in Skye Pointe 2 (SP2). They are #alphageekstothemax (okay, okay – so I made that one up).
A quirk of my particular #geekiness is that I like patterns. That’s really an understatement. I love patterns. I analyzed the way I wrote Sunrise on the Pier, and used it to set myself up some patterns for SP2. I didn’t pay attention to my own ramblings. It seems that ‘perfecting the craft’ is more about what not to do than what to do.
I had a nice circular set of patterns going – story definition, character essays, narrative, structure, then back again. I went through that sequence only twice. Then a great title for the book popped into my head – threw everything off. Now everything is keying off the title. That didn’t happen with Sunrise on the Pier. I’m going to have to wing it – again. OMG WTF!
What if I never develop a set of patterns? What if I do things differently every time? That makes me…an artist? Feels like I’m on a tightrope with no net. Maybe if I just think of it as a diving board… 🙂