This entry might be a little disjointed, but I'm trying to capture what something feels like right after I felt it, so there you go.
As much as I swear by plotting, not pantsing, I've come to realize that they're not all that different. The major difference is that we plotters pants our way through our plotting, instead of the story itself. And when it works, there's a ridiculous amount of magic in this part of the process.
The project I'm working on now (abbreviated WP; guess what it stands for and I'll give you a cameo if I ever write the thing) is something I've sort of assembled and whittled down from a bunch of other ideas. But once I got those ideas into a coherent story-like shape, not only did I see how they all actually fit together, but the thing truly started to blossom.
Yes, I'm going to be mixing metaphors like a dictionary-wielding chinchilla on espresso. Deal with it.
What has me so excited about this is all the little details that come up as I work on it, and how things are all fitting themselves together, in a way that makes it feel like I'm not even doing it consciously, just watching it happen. After so much trouble with plotting over the past year, I'm thrilled to see this working out. And so much of it comes from so many different places yet fits together in one massive dysfunctional jigsaw.
Also, thanks to the positive comments on that short story I posted a while back, I've decided to embrace creating a completely evil antagonist and holy shit, this guy is ridiculously fun to write. Immortal, undead, ruthless, and above all, bored and looking for something to make an eternal existence more interesting. "I wanted to see what would happen" is possibly the best bad guy motivation ever.
Granted, some of this rapid story stuff could be the product of sleep deprivation brought on by the stress from working fifty hours a week thanks to mandatory overtime, but this book is crazy enough that I'll take it. I'm not in favor of we writers putting ourselves through unnecessary stress to feed our art, but if someone else is doing it, we might as well take advantage of it.
There's still a lot to work out, of course; there always is. There's also the eternal possibility that it could all crash and burn and I'll look back on this entry a year from now and depress myself with the memory. But I'm doing my best not to worry about that. Because it feels too damn good to have things working out again (and on more than just this plot!) and I want to keep it going as long as I can.
One last tangent: my other major plot-in-progress right now is abbreviated S7, so apparently I'm working with two-character nicknames these days. No fair guessing what that stands for, since I've blogged about it before. :P