I know what you’re thinking. How in the world does someone decide to write a book, especially someone who is a Mathematics major, like myself? Well, the answer is simple. I had a story in mind, and I wanted to vomit it out onto paper so other people could read the story and see what’s going on in my cramped skull. Also, I have a very loud mind that is constantly coming up with weird ideas that I need to somehow get out of my head. So, what’s the solution? Try to write a book, of course!
The idea to write this book popped into my head almost exactly one year ago, but I had done absolutely no work on it until about three o’clock in the morning on a Saturday last semester. I couldn’t sleep, so I decided to start the process. I knew I wanted to write about serial killing, with perspectives varying from killers, to the police, to civilians, etc. I began the process by writing down the broadest version of the plot I could come up with, and began flushing out the components of the book – setting, characters, etc. Once I did that, I just started writing, and let my fingers write whatever series of words came out of my brain. This is how I think I am going to start out writing this book, and then later go back and edit the crap out of it.
So, enough about the process, let’s get to the progress.
WARNING: This book is going to get incredibly dark at times. So, if the macabre is not for you, proceed with caution.
So far, I have written a brief introduction/preface, and two chapters. The introduction introduces the Overlord, and a killer, Keith Thompson, who cuts smiles into his victims. The first chapter introduces us to the main character, John Usher, a thirty-three year old architect living in Atlanta, GA, who is consumed by habits. In the second chapter, we meet Police Commissioner Blake Howell, Detective Haley Jenkins, Medical Examiner Linda Anderson, and Victim Number One, Jennifer Rhodes. Along with the smile cut into her face, Jennifer possesses a surgically precise stab wound, and the Roman numeral, “V,” branded on to her stomach. Upon further inspection, Linda finds the words, “Tag You’re It,” cut into Jennifer’s fingertips.
Most recently, I have created the working title, Perspectives, both to symbolize the shift in viewpoint from chapter to chapter, as well as to tie into the major plot twist later in the book.
My goals for this next week are:
1. Write at least two more chapters. Chapter 3 will probably be a continuation in the perspective of Commissioner Howell, and Chapter 4 back to John Usher. My first two chapters are rather short, so I would like the next few chapters to be longer, at least ten pages each.
2. Come up with a firm plotline, and place specific events along it. This will help me stay focused on what to write each chapter about, as well as ensure I do not give away too much information too soon.
The writing is going really well so far, and I am really excited to see how this whole thing goes!