Olague (1): The Beginning of a New Book

So I’ve started a new book, and by “new book,” I mean I haven’t written a single word of it yet, but I’ve begun working on shaping it. Think of it as a sculpture and I’ve just started shaving along the sides and giving a rough overall shape. Using Wikidpad, I’m building my story bible for the novel, which is a great piece of software that lets you create lots of pages and cross-link and index them. It’s a good place to start putting all the details and facts of your book for easy reference instead of writing them all down on bits of paper or in numerous  notebooks.

The idea came to me last August, 2013, when I was doing a daily jog and every day I’d get more ideas and thoughts and scribble them down. Now I’m working on honing some of these ideas and shaping and making some decisions on what to keep and what to get rid of.

The book will also require me to invent a town, which I have begun with a map and will be starting to fill in the details of the town, then will come the characters.

The name of the town is also the name of the book, which is:


More to come, but for now it’s an exciting beginning time working on this book that feels like an accumulation of thoughts and ideas I’ve had over the last 15-20 years of my writing, bringing them altogether in this special book.

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