I’ve written a couple of times now about the terms woof (weft) and warp, which originate in weaving. The warp is the straight fixed threads and the woof or weft are the ones which weave up and over them. I mentioned it in a literal sense, but also in the literary sense of how a story works.
I am quite excited about my new novel, Magick, which is my first ever sequel; Radwinter, my genealogical mystery, has proved so popular and I was so pleased with it (trying not to sound too immodest here) that it seemed a natural progression to write a second volume about the characters, the four Radwinter brothers and their families. I have the intrigues ready in my head; Thomas is searching for the maternal line of the family, the Magicks and he is also doing a little genealogical detective work for an elderly friend. he is also doing a little recreational work based on an old, very old cookery book that he came across.
So they are the weft or woof, weaving in and out of the main line of narrative; each of those on their own would be just a boring thread, but woven into everything else it will, I hope become a rich pattern of story. In ‘Radwinter’ the warp was the breakdown of Thomas’s marriage, his relationship with his brothers, and problems at work… oh and his love of food! I need some warp for Magick; I have the relationship between Thomas and his new partner blossoming and developing, but there needs to be something more than that to hold the reader’s interest. There needs to be some contrasts whether it’s happy/sad, confidence/fear, boring/exciting, safety/danger… It’s all buzzing around in my head at the moment… but I’m sure I’ll soon start weaving, once I’ve spun all the threads!