I shared with you last week that I had a new idea for a book. It was actually an old idea, one that had been spinning around in my head for sometime, but with only a setting as a backdrop. This last week, a few other elements fell into place, and I sucked it up and began to write.
OH THE THRILL!
I can't tell you the freedom I've found in starting this new book! For the past two years I've engulfed myself in the story of Jenny, Jack, Paige, Peter, Kat and Matthew. I've lived and breathed them, and loved every minute (for the most part...) Their stories are ingrained in my heart, and they will always be special. Jack and Jenny's story is complete, Paige and Peter's is over a third done, and Kat and Matthew's is well on it's way too.
So to start a new work in progress was a little scary. It's probably why I'd waited so long. But I've been debating on the need to finish book 2 or 3 or wait to try and sell book 1 first. (Someone told me that it's better to have a finished first book in a series, and a proposal for the others so a potential editor can give their input on the story idea. Not 100% sure on that, but am praying about direction in that.)
This last weekend, I took the leap. I started my book! AHHHH!!!! I'm very happy to report that as of this evening, I have a whole whopping 5657 words written! Not too shabby considering I work during the day and I didn't really start writing it seriously until Sunday.
Is it good yet? I guess that's a matter of opinion. So far I'm really happy with the progress. I've started my character sketches, and wow, it's so fun to meet new characters and get in their heads!
We leave on Thursday for NC to pick up my girls, and I hope to get some good writing in on the trip there as well. My goal is to be at 10,000 words by the time we get home! It's a large goal, but I don't do anything small. I have so many ideas in my head, and since I'm a SOTP writer, I need to just sit down and spew the words onto the screen before they escape!
Discussion: I know some of you are on your first book still, but regardless, how do you start your next book? Do you do prep work, such as an outline, character sketches, *gulp* an entire chapter by chapter GMC work up? I'm curious as to what others do at this stage in the process!