I feel like the king from Monty Python who kept building castles in a swamp. The first one sank, so he built a second. That one sank. He built a third, which burned down, fell over, and then sank into the swamp.
But the fourth one stood up.
I think I’ve been going in the wrong direction with Featherfolk. I recently wrote a few flash fiction pieces and pared them down to their essence so they could squeeze into the 150 word limit. (Like playing limbo: “How low can you go? How low can you go?”)
Those experiences helped me realize I’m losing the essence of the story I really want to tell in Featherfolk. It’s getting buried. I want to pull it out into the light where it can shine. I still love it and think it’s an important story.
This of course will require starting over. Again. I’ve brainstormed and jotted notes and mulled it over for a week or so. My fingers want to get typing, but now I’m jittery.
Should I start it yet? Should I wait until I pin down all the details?
If I don’t lay all the groundwork, will it just sink into the swamp again?
Is that why it sank before–because I started writing too early?
Even if I lay all the groundwork, will it sink anyway?
Jitter jitter jitter.
What do you do when you begin a new draft/new project? How much do you plot and plan and write notes? What’s your process? I need some advice here.