I put off starting a new book because I didn’t know what it was going to be about.

I had an idea for a title.

Which also suggested a subject.

I had an idea for a protagonist, but not one particularly related to the title or the subject.

A few themes have been drifting around in my head.

And that’s about it.

I’ve hardly written anything yet, but my protagonist has just flown to New York and is, as we speak, heading upstate.

So. A story that takes place in America. In a modernist log cabin. Involving a mysterious disappearance.

I wonder how all this came to be?

Sometimes I question why I even bother having a conscious mind. I might as well go shopping and leave my unconscious mind at home to write.

That’s more or less how it happens anyway.


16 thoughts on “The New Book

  1. martine Frampton 8 years ago

    thanks for the little snippet of insight into your thought processes, that was interesting. Do you plan your stories through in more details or do they just evolve as you write?
    best wishes

    1. Meg 8 years ago

      I’ve tried to plan my books, but it never seems to work. They rebel. So generally I try to give them a loose rein. So to speak…..

    2. Anande 8 years ago

      Awesome! I’m glad to know that because that’s the way I do it, too 🙂

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  3. Michelle 8 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your creation process. Happy writing!

  4. fleur sinclair 8 years ago

    I want to move into the log cabin and never ever leave. I want my conscious mind to stay there forever and let my unconscious mind pick up my kids from school, sort out their arguments, do they washing, put away the washing, cook, clean, scrub, yawn – I’m loving the woods behind the cabin and if I ignore the snow, I can pretend that the view in front is of the sea.

    1. Meg 8 years ago

      Oooh. Me too…..

  5. Anande 8 years ago

    I’ve been reading your blog for a while, but I have been too shy to comment. I just have to now, though, because this is so exciting! Thanks so much for letting us get a peek inside your head. I can’t wait to see where you go with this!

    1. Meg 8 years ago

      Glad you overcame your shyness, Anande. I can’t wait to see where it goes too. I just hope it goes SOMEWHERE.

  6. Rhubarb 8 years ago

    “Sometimes I question why I even bother having a conscious mind” – Ha!!!! This made my day.

  7. bookwitch 8 years ago

    What are you shopping for? Shoes?

    1. Meg 8 years ago

      I’m not shopping. I’m keeping my subconscious company (unnecessarily, it seems).

  8. jackie morris 8 years ago

    Love the log cabin. I made a glass of wine mysteriously disappear today.

    1. Meg 8 years ago

      Only a glass? Amateur…..

  9. Amanda 8 years ago

    Hey Meg,
    Cabin – gorgeous. Here’s hoping your protagonist meets the right people. They are a little like kids at school, aren’t they? You want them to hang out with a crowd who will be good to them…

    1. Meg 8 years ago

      Totally right. Or at least an interesting crowd….!

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