Ann Patchett in her essay on writing, “The Getaway Car,” admits she does not always know what is going to happen when she begins writing a novel. She carries the story around in her head for a long time before putting words to paper. She is not a novelist who works from an outline or who knows what every character will do.
I work in much the same way. I start with an idea, and I carry those shapes, colors, and emotions around in my head. Until I begin to put paint and textures to board, I am not sure where the painting will lead. I know if I put in the work, something will eventually happen. If it doesn’t work the first time, then it will by the second or third (though I may use a few naughty words).
Luckily, I enjoy the journey (or the making) as well as the promise of a satisfying and lovely destination.