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May 29, 2010

The Creative Process…unpredictable

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Just recently I received the artwork for the cover of my upcoming suspense novel and I must say, I was thrilled with the entire look of it.  It completely captures the essence of my book and I think it will entice many to read the synopsis at the back and hopefully want to buy the book.

So, I had been working on a sequel to this novel, but due to some major revisions to the first book, a sequel may or may not be my next step.  Slightly derailed in my creativity for a few days, I sat down, literally with pen and paper, and began to write out some other plot ideas that had been festering inside my head.

It seems I have a completely new book, with a new cast of characters, ready and willing to pour out onto the page.  The character sketches and major plot points came together incredibly quickly and after two or three hours of writing, I now have a prologue and two full chapters and I’m quite intrigued on where this is all going.

The creative process is indeed unpredictable.  I was completely sure, and completely excited to finish the last third of my sequel.  My characters were still fresh from the rewrite of book one and the intricacies that had developed in the sub-plots and amongst the major players had me convinced that I’d complete the manuscript within a few days.

But my creative persona had other plans.

You’re a writer.  Don’t let yourself get tied into one idea or one project.  If the creative muse comes a calling with something new, open yourself to the possibilities of the creative process.  You never know what might happen.  Savour the unpredictable.

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2 Comments »

  1. Awesome post, Jaclyn. And totally right — about going with the creative moment. (Isn’t it great to create… create something new?) Can’t wait to read your “surprises” in your “sequel” which isn’t going to be a sequel after all.

    Comment by sandycarl — May 29, 2010 @ 8:43 PM | Reply

  2. Hope you’re enjoying your long weekend, Sandy. Maybe you’ll get some writing in, too. I love the creative process because of its unpredictability

    Comment by dramaquill — May 30, 2010 @ 2:42 PM | Reply


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