I have been writing a novel without working out the whole story first. This is something I always strongly warn people against doing and in the Brian Keaney catechism it's the number one sin. But I wanted to change my method of working because I was looking for an entirely new voice and an entirely new approach.
Until recently it was working beautifully. I was racing along, delighted with everything I wrote until I got to three quarters of the way through when I hit a problem with the plot. It was like slamming into a brick wall at considerable speed. I felt wounded and dazed. For days I just couldn't see my way around the problem.
Finally, this morning the solution came to me after discussing it with my daughter. Unfortunately, it means I have to go back and rewrite chapters I had already put to bed and kissed goodnight. There will have to be some very delicate keyhole surgery performed and it will not be easy.
That's the problem with making it up as you go along and that's exactly why I tell people not to do it. All the same, I don't regret it. I couldn't find the story any other way. I had to put the words down on paper and let the characters create themselves before I could begin to see who these people were and what they wanted.
So now it's on with the gown and mask and off to the operating theatre. I just hope there isn't too much blood.