Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Clean, new space

This post has been a long time coming--I bookmarked Jonathan Carroll's comments back in October about what it's like to start a new novel. He compares it to sitting in an empty apartment before moving in:

That is what it is like for me to begin a new novel. You've chosen a place to live for the next year or more but it has nothing inside it yet. Only the walls, the floors and the windows. Because you have created this space, only you can furnish it. But you're really looking forward to the task, no matter how long it takes.

It's been almost seven years since I started my last big project, Dreams of a Shaper. With that winging it's way to agents, the time has come to move on and get working on something else. Tonight I finished the last character sketches, lists and notes before I start actually putting new words down on blank pages.

I'm thrilled, I'm scared, I'm champing at the bit to go. Hope it doesn't take another seven years, but if it does then so be it.

2 comments:

Nathan said...

Gosh, it's been ages since I read one of your drafts of Dreams (I assume that's the same thing as Dreams of a Shaper....?). I am looking forward in some year soon being able to browse on Amazon and order one (or more) of your books. I always enjoy reading your work so as always in the past if you want a reviewer, I'm happy to help!

Jason R. Clark said...

Yep, it's the same. It's been through many revisions, and almost half of it got a full rewrite since you read it. Hardly even seems like the same book to me.

You're definitely on the short-list when I get the new book to a point for reviewing. With the little one on the way, I wouldn't hold my breath though :)