And so it begins…

So this is it – the glint in the proverbial milkman’s eye. The bit I have to think about before I crack my knuckles and start bashing the novel’s first words on the keyboard. Now, I have to be honest with you, I’ve already churned through a lot of ideas in my head and discussed a lot of them with my wife (Ruth) before even starting this blog. I have a title “Gaia’s Engine”, and the leading characters are already shoving their way to the front of the queue to make sure their voices are heard. And I’ve already got other writers ready to begin the critique process over at Write Club (more on that in a later post).

I didn’t want that to happen, at least, not straight away. What I really wanted was to document the whole process, from start to finish, as it happens. But see, here’s the first revelation about being a novelist – once the first spark of an idea ignites in the old thought-box, you just can’t control it. It wants to grow! The ideas have taken on a life of their own, so for a week or two, this blog will be playing catch up.

Anyway, where to begin?

You’ll notice from the bit right at the bottom of the page that I’ve already got my ‘abstract’ – the wordage you might expect to see tempting you on the back cover. Think it looks interesting? I like it, but sometimes the finished novel ends up quite different, so I might have to change that. So where did all that come from? Come back tomorrow and I’ll tell you.

Until then, here are some images I found on google. A lot of my story ideas spawn from scenes or images that get dreamed up in my mind’s eye. These are the closest pictures I could find to show what’s shifting around in my head so far…

A ghost in the attic…

Orbs…

And check out a guy called Charles Wade. This is a house I visited recently that gave me some inspiration. More on him later.

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