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.