Ah yes, chewing and re-chewing so that the grass is easily digestible.
Wait, no. The other kind of rumination. Deep thinking for long periods of time. Now that we’ve got that settled…
Rumination is second on the list because, let’s face it, there is a lot to think about. And it can be done while doing some of the other tasks coming up.
Okay, so what exactly is there to think about. You’re going to write a novel, and maybe hope that it will be good? And you think you can just jump into it? (Okay, plenty of people can – they’re called pansters – but I’d wager most of them still do some thinking ahead.) So the thinking. The following is a list of possible things to consider, think about, ruminate on:
plot, characters, setting, theme, plot twists, beginnings, endings, events along the way (yeah I know that’s sort of summed up in plot, but you can know the plot and not know specific events), flaws, strengths, names, plants, cultures.
If you are planning to write a fantasy novel, some of this stuff is more important than say, for writing a high school drama (though I argue you would still need to know the high school culture like the back of your hand). This is not a complete list, obviously, but it’s a jumping point. And, if you are writing fantasy or scifi (or even if you aren’t) you will want to do all of your research ahead of time. Seriously, come November you will want to spend every minute you can on writing, not waste it with research.
So right now, while you’re ruminating, you don’t need to choose anything. You can, or you can write down a few of your favorite thoughts, but just think. The longer you think before writing anything down, the happier you will be with the outcome. (Okay, that’s a theory. I’m still working on testing it.)
Next time: Clean