Another WIP finished, another ms to add to the pile. Yeah, finished Mr Rough yesterday. And I mean finished very loosely. My endings are so bad, mainly because I hate writing em. Usually because it’s not until I write that I figure out what’s missing in the rest of the ms. With Mr Rough I was so concentrated on the hero’s thorny and knotty conflict, that I completely forgot about a major loose thread with the heroine! Argh.
Anyway, I always feel depressed after finishing an ms, usually because the ending feels so rushed and blah. But I do try to resist the urge to go through and fix it up immediately. I find that some time away from the ms and the characters does wonders when it comes to editing. A fresh eye and all that. Doesn’t help with the blahs though.
The best way to help with that – apart from a couple of stiff martinis – is, of course, to get stuck into the next idea. And this one, since it’s kind of connected to Mr Rough, is one that is going to be HARD. Because the conflict for the hero is REALLY HARD. You see he’s a gambler. And a womaniser. And he’s giving the big finger to the world in general. Which means that something really bad happened in his past and with a little help from Ms Yates, I decided what it was. And it’s baaaaaaad.
And it’s going to be fantastic to write because if there’s one thing I love it’s a tortured hero who really does have a reason to be tortured and not just because his mummy didn’t wuv him enough.
*rubs hands* *is evil*
But I really should do some research first. Because he’s a gambler, I am now going to have to go off figure out the finer points of poker etc. In fact, now I think about it, I’ve had to research a lot of very odd stuff over the years I’ve been writing. Chess. Astronomy. Handguns. Genetics. Anyone looking at my search history is going to get an eyeful of WTF.
So what about you? What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever had to research for the sake of your story??