With my completed WIP currently with my beta readers for feedback, I’ve started on my second book – tentatively titled ROGUE. I’ve spent my writing time in the last week or so working on the outline, and now have chapter summaries for the whole book, which is very satisfying.
It’s one of the most exciting parts of writing, starting a new project. And I find it takes quite a lot of willpower to not start working on that dazzling new idea as soon as it occurs to you, and instead just write down enough notes that you can pick it up later! But happily I’ve been allowed to do indulge in that new-book excitement this week, and fleshed out those notes and that idea into a skeleton which I should be able to start putting some flesh on in a few days.
I know not everyone likes to outline before they start writing (pantsers, that’s you!) but I can’t do without it. Literally, could not write a book if I didn’t outline it first. (Trust me, I’ve tried.) And one of the little perks is the wonderful, oh-so-satisfying moment during the outlining process where everything just… clicks.
This time it was when I had the first two acts of the book outlined, and the ending, and was just missing the final confrontation to go in-between. I hadn’t even started thinking about how I wanted that confrontation to go, was just sitting down to dinner, when it came to me. Just appeared in my head, fully formed: I didn’t decide on something, didn’t deliberately plot anything, just realised what the missing part of the story was. As if it already existed and I was just discovering it.
I love it when that happens.
What about you, readers? Do you have the willpower to stick to the WIP and resist the siren song of the new project? Or do you have two, three or four on the go at once?