I found myself getting hung up by a name. A name! I know my hero’s name is Hutch. And that its short for Hutchinson. But is it his first, middle, or last name?? And seeing as he opens the second chapter as a teacher, I kind of needed to know, right?
Or did I? Why not just open with Hutch and then go back and change it later? Why let a name hang me up?
I wrote that yesterday and I still don’t know the facts behind Hutch’s name, but I did get started on his chapter. And the students called him Mr. Hutchinson. So, I’m thinking it’s his last name and just now as I was writing this I came up with his first name. Gabriel. Gabe. Gabe Hutchinson. I think I like that.
See, that’s how writing works. You just sit down and start typing or writing by hand—my personal favorite—and the pieces begin to fall into place.
Early in a book, I tend to write in pieces as I get to know my characters. It’s similar to my jigsaw method. When I start a puzzle, after I’ve done the edges, I pick a scene—the sky, a body of water, a batch of similarly colored flowers, a house—and begin with that. Then I go onto another scene. And then I fill in around those pieces to complete the puzzle.
In my WIP, I know that the two characters have a past—that they shared a night together ten years ago and that night changed their futures. That night is their sliding door—a door that led to other doors. So, I’ve been exploring those doors, those pieces.
Those scenes may or may not end up in the novel, but what I learn about my characters will. And now, I have to get back to Gabe's chapter :)