“So, Kevin, how’s the novel going?”
(Asked nobody. Ever)
As the writing of my first draft stumbles along, the research has really gathered momentum. I’ve been (metaphorically of course) to most continents and nervously used some suspicious search keywords in order to get as much accurate historical facts to back up my imaginary story. Hopefully rendering it seemingly non imaginary. If you see what I mean.
Rightly or wrongly, I’m looking to everything around me for inspiration, little details which all form part of personalities and their stories.
Watching a really sweet film, Our Souls At Night – huddled around the laptop (the television has long since been relegated to the loft) with my beautiful wife – I started to really focus on how the script, directing and the incredible acting (Robert Redford) hand us the characters with subtle moments and gestures.
At one point, Redford’s character (Louis) crosses the road. Such a simple piece of action yet full of little gems. He initially is distracted, his mind elsewhere, he catches movement in his peripheral vision and momentarily pauses. The car driver slows and indicates being happy to wait. Louis then flicks a smile and slightly raised hand before carrying on his way.
It made for an engaging moment, with so much more than just a man crossing the road.
I’m determined that my book will be full of such detail. The image of the moment providing a window into the past (and indeed futures) of my characters.
A new addition is (without spoiling the plot too much) a ‘baddie’, who’s actions from the past forever haunt the present for **** and will soon become an obsession of *** too. I’m delving deep into the history of ***** ****** and giving him a journey too.
Back to it.
In answer to the question: It’s going slowly, but I’m loving every moment of it.