lørdag den 28. august 2010

The Cosy Knave, a Progress Report

Wordle: Cosy Knave

[If you click on the Wordle tool, you can ´read´ my manuscript, or at least see which words I use most often. Thank you, Kerrie, for the inspiration]

Yesterday it was exactly two months ago that I wrote the first scene of “The Cosy Knave.” Tomorrow it is two months since I first told you about my new project. (If you want to check my posts, you can click the label “The Cosy Knave”)

I felt I had come up with a good idea with regard to the main characters, and I thought writing a cosy would be a good change from the Danish manuscript I had struggled with for ages. I was a bit apprehensive when it came to writing a whole novel in English, though.

I think you must have guessed from the glimpses I have given you of my writing process, my name games etc, that I am having so much fun with this. And what is just as fine, my writing process has gone unexpectedly smoothly, even after my holidays ended two weeks ago.

Tada: two months´ work = 45,000 words – or around two thirds of the first draft.


How to Cook up a Cozy:

Yesterday I returned to Elizabeth´s excellent recipé to see if I was on the right track.

Sleuth and sidekick: I feel fairly certain you´ll like Constable Primrose and his fiancé Rhapsody Gershwin. But who is the sleuth and who is the sidekick? Hard to say, and please don´t ask them; I am not sure they will agree.

The puzzle: far too early to judge that, but I have succeeded in making my first beta reader curious. Should be a good thing.

The setting: Knavesborough, tiny village with a grocer, a teahouse, Women´s Institute, a manor and a castle ruin – in Yorkshire. Should be okay, especially if I can manage to make the Yorkshire in my head anything like the real Yorkshire.

Offbeat characters: quirky characters aplenty – my only worry is if there can be too many? I do like those Kickinbottoms, though. Very easy to manipulate – or do you think they could be manipulating me into giving them all that attention? All I know is that my characters really surprise me now and then, especially when they are in a fix. Those people will say and do the most astonishing things to get away.

Elizabeth´s last words:
“have fun and your enjoyment will shine through” – I wonder whether anyone else will ever laugh as much at the inhabitants of Knavesborough as I do – never mind, one of my projects in life is keeping this writer busy and happy!

6 kommentarer:

....Petty Witter sagde ...

Having followed your progress I'm glad things are going well and look forward to hearing about the final cozy.

Margot Kinberg sagde ...

Dorte - You are making such enviable progress on your book. I am so eager to read the final product : ).

Clarissa Draper sagde ...

I remember that post. It's a really good one. Well, I'm glad that it's working out for you so well. Can't wait to read it when it's done.

CD

Dorte H sagde ...

Tracy: things are a bit quieter these days but that is because of my stupid head.

Margot: when it comes to writing, I do indeed feel enviable right now.

Clarissa: it was a marvelous guest post. It was not the only reason that I decided to try my hand on cosies, but it was certainly one of them.

Kelly sagde ...

That "wordle" tool is really neat!

I'm glad you got so much done over the summer on your cozy and look forward to the finished product!

Dorte H sagde ...

Thank you, Kelly.