But what I didn't realize was that I already own a time machine of sorts.
Every time I sit down to write, or edit what I've already written, I have to jump through events of the story. One moment my protagonists are hating each other, and next - they are working together, or haven't even met.
It might seem silly that I'm realizing this only now, but the thing is - I'm a pantser. My stories tend to be already there, in my mind, when I start to write. I let the characters dictate the story, not the other way round.
I tried being the puppeteer and realized it doesn't work. If anything, that's a recipe for disaster, resulting in me banging my head against the wall. So now, I'm a content overseer, who loves experiencing the story through my characters.
So how did I come up with the time machine realization, you ask me? Well, the fault lies in NaNoWriMo.
I've never participated. But this year I decided - what the hell. So what if I'm working 10 hours/day and then coming home to my two kids; so what if I'm a perfectionist who can't write a sentence if it's not perfect. I'm doing it!
I don't know if I'll manage to write 50k in 30 days, but I'll definitely try.
No grammar, no editing, no ... just writing (just like this blog post was born - I started wit time machines, and ended with NaNoWriMo... two topics that don't have much in common, or so it would seem).
And since I imagine it will be hard for me to ignore my desire to edit, or to think through the dialog before putting it down, I decided to have a rough outline of my book.
Another first for me!