As it happens, we were planning a trip into Suffolk this weekend, so I have arranged to include a trip to Kentwell, a Tudor manorhouse with lots of reconstructed interiors and farm buildings of the period. This will give me at least one potential location; if I exploit the “crucible” concept fully, it might even be my only location!
Although not part of the “30 Days” method, I have decided to use the preparation period to do some background work. The method allots only two days to developing an outline before embarking upon the actual writing; two days to brainstorm characters, plot and setting! This might be OK for contemporary fiction, but a fantasy novel needs a lot more preparatory work. It would be very easy to churn out a novel set in a generic quasi-medieval world, but that’s not likely to catch the eye of editors and agents.
I have also booked two weeks off work in October, as I suspect I will find the intensive schedule both tiring and a distraction during work hours. Besides, I have to use up some of my remaining holiday allowance before Christmas or lose it entirely.
It’s a sobering thought that, after nearly thirty years of writing, I still haven’t finished and submitted a novel, never mind having had any fiction published. I don’t relish the prospect of spending another thirty years being equally unproductive – drastic action is needed!