This is all well and good… when you’re actually writing Chapter One.
However, when the cogs of progress have churned sufficiently to crank the novel into edits, this seed-laying mania is a bit not good.
Case in point: As I’ve reported this week, I have decided to jumpstart the editing of The Hushing Days by abandoning the corrections of Chapter Seven and turning my eraser and white-out to the always challenging Chapter One.
So, while I’m editing away at the chapter, adding this and that while marking out a whole bunch of other, I keep finding myself reaching for the seeds in my pocket…
Bad, bad author!
The editing process is not the time to add tangents, side roads or off-shoots.
Plant one seed in Chapter One and you’ll be tending it the whole novel long.
This is not the time, girl!
Or so I keep chiding myself every time I stick another storyline into the ground.
Maybe the 2050 book market will be hungry for a 300K The Hushing Days? One can only hope.