|1920's Red Cloche Hat|
from Shaping The Body Exhibition
Castle Museum, York.
I've always written sequentially, so start at chapter one and work through to the end, but this shorter project isn't working that way.
I have scenes and dialogue in my mind but not the joining up or narrative pieces.
So I decided to try something different; write the dialogue in the scenes I do have in mind and fit it together later on when I'm clearer on the descriptions and narrative.
Admittedly I was sceptical that it would work, but surprisingly it has worked well and I'm making progress quicker than I anticipated.
The core prompt has been in my ideas book for years, and despite considering a few possibilities- one set in the early 19th century- it didn't go anywhere, until the couple from the past revealed a brief conversation that made sense of the 1920's plot.
One day I'll write that other story that will tie up the early 19th century to the 1920's...
Meanwhile the disadvantages are that I've got to learn about everyday facts of 1920's life.
For example can my heroine turn on a light? How widespread was electricity in country houses?
It's interesting in another way, because my mother was born in the early 1920's so some of the questions & answers will relate to her childhood too.
At least I'm writing... :-)