5 Sep 2010

Work in progress

I'm about halfway through the last book in a series I'm writing in Norwegian. This is the 11th book, and I'm finding it quite the challenge. The last book should be as good as the first - of course they should all be good - but when the production time for each book is about 5-6 weeks, something has to give. Mostly it's the outstanding literary qualites, excellent language and well- thought out storyline.
So what's left? Well, that's a good question. 
Tempo for one thing. I don't have time try out different storylines and mostly have to go with whatever pops into my mind. Sometimes that gets me to places that keeps the story moving in a good tempo. Other times I have to backtrack and rewrite despite the frustrations and the quick sideglances at the calendar. It's excellent training for the imagination, by the way. Keeps the old brain alert and focused - often on the border of insanity - but it's good. I also have to trust my characters to move the story along. That's good too. Characters are funny people - they live their own lives so to speak, and I just have to trust I have done enough ground work to keep the flow going. The trick is not to have too many characters, otherwise you are bound to forget someone ...
The series has been a joy to write. Yes, I've been moaning about the short deadlines, I've battled "keyboard elbow", and sometimes I've just been sitting in front of my computer, staring at the blank screen for hours. But the truth be told, I wouldn't have missed it for the world. I had no idea I would be capable of writing a book in such short time. Now I know because since January I've written 6 books! Once you know that, there's no holding back.
Natalie

2 comments:

  1. Takk for følge på siden min Natalie. - og så spennende å se at du skriver for barn. Jeg er illustratør og designer og har laget en del søtt i det siste, - Men har en skummel fortid ... Jeg har bl.a. hatt ansvaret for Damms tidligere Grøsserklubb- medlemsblad og illustrert tre av R.L. Stines serie Fear Street. - Ellers gjør jeg også en del barnbok design og serie-design. Ha meg gjerne i tankene om du skulle trenger noe som gir grøsninger ;) ... (Jeg vet ikke om noe av min skumle fortid er lagt ut på nett - men har planer om å få lagt det ut som portefolio i min blogg).

    Lykke til videre med skrivingen - imponerende tempo ;)

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  2. Hei Tone! Jeg likte så godt det du hadde ute på siden din, så vil absolutt ha deg i tankene. Vi kommer med en ny grøsser til våren, men Marius Renberg kommer nok til å lage forsiden på den også. Han har laget de tre andre. Men etterpå skal vi skrive andre barnebøker for Aschehoug, så da vet man aldri. Illustratør trenger jeg også til min nye Schibstedserie som kommer til neste høst. Man vet aldri! Gleder meg til å se det skumle!

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