It’s Wednesday and I’m weaving – not cloth you understand, but words.
You see, the thing is I thought I knew where the sequel to To TURN FULL CIRCLE was going. I’d planned it all out – had the pattern if you like. I’d written a plot plan and was working to it and it was zipping along nicely. And then TTFC was published and reviewers and readers began to comment – ‘We love Matthew’ seemed to be the most dominant train of thought. Matthew – if you haven’t read TTFC - isn’t the main hero, although I think he would have liked to have been. I hadn’t killed him off and I’d intended to bring him back into the story but not just yet. Hey, this is my story ladies and gents!
But it’s a bad businessman or woman who doesn’t listen to their customers. And readers and reviewers are my customers, are they not? So, to dig my heels in and carry on as I had intended, or to listen to them? I’d already written eighteen chapters (of a proposed 22 or so). To weave Matthew’s thread through it would be like an edit before an editor had even seen it. But I knew it had to be done. I picked up my metaphorical needle and began to weave Matthew in. Already he’s taking the story in a slightly different direction, but that’s okay – it makes the colour of the thing richer, deeper.
So, if you’ll excuse me, as it’s Wednesday and I’m weaving, I’ll get back to my loom …but before I go I’ll leave you with a beautiful image of the weaver’s art.