Yesterday, right on target, I finished the book I’ve been working on this autumn – I always like to finish whatever I’m working on before Christmas so that I can start something new every New Year. But that doesn’t make me weird because everyone does it, right?
The story is called ‘The Binding’ and it’s set on a remote island. I’ve loved writing it because it’s been reminding me of all the lovely islands I’ve been to. Everyone loves islands – nothing weird about that!
So here’s what’s got me wondering…
When I’m writing, whether it’s fiction or non-fiction, I start with a sketchy plan and head off from Start in the general direction of Finish, wondering whether I can really be bothered, until suddenly I begin to see the shape of the whole thing in my head like a geometrical figure or a pattern of numbers.
At that point, and not before, I’m hooked. I dash along like a mad thing, joining the dots to make the beautiful shape of the book I’m creating.
This means all my books have a sort of symmetry in the contents – the four Peony Pinkers, for example, all have 17 chapters. Why 17? I’ve no idea, only that that was the number they needed, and I knew each story was on the right track the moment I could see how it could make 17 chapters.
Earlier in the year, I wrote an adult book which came out as four parts, each part having three chapters.
The Binding has three parts and each one seven chapters.
Is it the same for other writers, or does this make me weird?!