I’ve been thinking a lot about The Haunting of Hill House and The Red Tree and what strikes me in both is that the stories are simple. Not simple in the sense of “stupid” or “easy” but in the sense that they’re not convoluted. People arrive, explore, discover, and are surprised.

I’ve been sitting around mulling over my characters, developing elaborate histories and convoluted plots. But I think this is the wrong way to go. I need something simple myself. In a narrative where you’re using confusion as a plot device in order to build discomfort, you don’t want your readers to be inadvertently confused.

Anyway, I’m waiting to hear back about a big non-fiction piece. If I have to work on that after Easter, I won’t be starting on this. If not, then I’m going to get on this.