Research for book three

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My update for #WhatImWriting this week is that I’m writing nothing! For the first time this year (apart from my two week holiday in August), I haven’t written a thing for a week. It feels a bit odd. My manuscript for book two, The Outsider, has gone to the editor now and when that gets back to me there’ll be lots more writing to do again.

In the meantime I’ve been starting work on my third book, which hasn’t involved any writing at all – just thinking and some research. While I was writing my second book I had two ideas for the third one. For a few months I chose one of the ideas and was certain that would be the next book. But the more I thought about that story, the more the other story kept leaping into my head. So I switched ideas about a week ago and have a good idea of what I’m going to write for book three now. I already feel I know the main character quite well (a single mum) and the antagonist is developing well too. Nothing is written down yet though so I really should start making some notes.

I’m doing some research for both of these characters at the moment which has already involved reading a non fiction book which I managed to finish in less than a week (I’m enthusiastic at the moment!). I was hoping there were a few other handy books I could buy to help me, but I can’t find anything else useful in book format so it looks like I need to start my own research now.

Of course all I really want to do is leap in and start writing right now, but I’ve learnt my lesson from the previous two books. With both of those I wrote a lot of things which needed changing (including removing characters) so, although I’m not a big planner, this time round I really want to try outlining the novel first. I want to make sure I know what will happen in each chapter and have each character trait detailed out carefully. I did do this before, but only after the first draft and a lot of time was taken up reworking things.

It’s an exciting time to be starting on a new idea again.

Head over to Writing Bubble who’s hosting #WhatImWriting this week.

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17 thoughts on “Research for book three

  1. Carol Cameleon

    I tend to write before planning Emily, and I find various points expanding before I actually have a chance to do much with the outline! Very exciting news about your book going off to the editor πŸ™‚ #whatimwriting

  2. Sophie Lovett

    I’m really enjoying being in the research stage πŸ™‚ I definitely find it valuable to write things down though – I actually reckon I think better if I’m making notes… Looking forward to hearing more about this project! x

  3. Sara (@mumturnedmom)

    It must be exciting to be starting something new! Having never written anything long enough to require much planning, having an outline before you start sounds sensible. I suspect I’d lose track very quickly without it! It’s great that you can take what you’ve done and what you’ve learnt previously and use that to help this time round. Look forward to hearing more πŸ™‚ #whatimwriting

    1. Emily Organ Post author

      Yes I’ve learnt a lot from writing all those words! I’m not very organised though so planning doesn’t always sit well with me. It’s needed though I think, it will make the process a bit quicker.

  4. Maddy@writingbubble

    Sounds like a great stage to be at! I’m not much of a planner either and – assuming I make it to the end of novel no. 1 – I’ll definitely be doing things differently second time. Exciting that your novel is with the editor! And this is the perfect time to do a bit of planning rather than leaping in. Looking forward to hearing more. Thanks for linking to #whatImWriting xx

  5. Nicola Young

    I think it’s had to start thinking about a new story when your head is still in another world, but it is a good idea to look towards that next story. It’s good you are able to use your experience and build on that each time.

    1. Emily Organ Post author

      I find new stories leap into my head when I need to focus on the current ones! It’s a good thing though because it would be awful if ideas dried up. I think the best way to learn with these things is actually doing it, you can read all the advice you like but you have to try what works for you.

  6. Morgan Prince

    I love the beginnings of new ideas, especially the planning stage. I’ve done this a couple of times, although both times my story still morphed into something completely different! The planning definitely helps. Good luck with the research. xx #whatimwriting

  7. chrissie (@rantybeast)

    Exciting! I love that new book feeling.

    I’ve used brainstorming instead of outright plotting to define what I want in my stories before. That helped to keep me on the right track without caging me in too much since I’m an on-the-fly kind of writer.

    Looking forward to finding out more about the new project and how manuscript 2 develops. xx

    1. Emily Organ Post author

      That’s a good idea, planning something too rigidly doesn’t seem to fit well with being creative. I’ve not organised my writing like this before so I’ll try it and, if it doesn’t work, return to my fairly haphazard method of before : )

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