As we all know, writing is hard work, and while it's so rewarding to see the story building and growing, it's tricky to go back and pull all those threads together, old ones and the new, and make it come together. Part of my problem is that I can't see the setting or the characters clearly. I know that sounds crazy, but it's true. Lots of writers can perfectly envision their characters and the setting. I can't. I can see the plot and I can see the movement of the story as if on a stage, but it's in a vague way. If I have a house, or a castle as is usually the case, it may look different in my head each time I sit down to write. That wouldn't be so bad if the darned picture was at least clear. It's all vague. As I told my husband yesterday, any accolades I get on my writing should be doubled, because it's as if I'm writing blind.
I think this is why I'm finding movies so inspiring. I can see the thing in them that I can't clearly see in my head. My hubby and I watched the new Sherlock Holmes this weekend. I was so inspired with the overall plot. We watched an Agatha Christie (Miss Marple) that we'd recorded. It was a amazing. Secret passages, just like in my story. There they were. I could see them. Then we watched part of a James Bond. Wow, there was the fancy hotel in my story, the one I couldn't picture.
One thing I've learned is that we're all good at different things. I'm good with plot and even though I can't visualize my characters and settings as clearly as I would like, I do manage to pull it together. So there's hope for everyone! I had one reader write to me that she loved how I describe things, not so overdone that she got bored and started skimming, but just enough so that her own imagine kicked in. So I guess it's not hopeless. But my dream is to see the story clearly and get all those great ideas in earlier so I don't have to go back and make changes. Ideally, BEFORE I even start writing. Guess I'll have to see lots of movies.