I've been thinking about writing my next novel, since I finished principal work on the last one.
I knew the basic shape of the story, and what I wanted to say with the story, but hadn't really started doing much actual work on it until this Spring.
I use a workbook I made with CreateSpace a few years ago to help me planning my writing ... story arc, characters, setting, sub-plots, etc.
I wrote a short scene one morning at the end of June, just to get a feel for the antagonist, reasonably sure I'd dump the vignette once I really got going on the story in the deep summer.
My July was busy and scattered and great, but not ideal for writing, so I waited until we all got back from the exotic places we'd been, settled back into life in Lake Clear, did some laundry, and had a bit of space to do some serious writing.
Starting August 4, I was able to spend 4 hours each morning at Origin, a local coffee shop, writing like a highly caffeinated madman ... I'm out to (or up to, depending on your perspective) 17,000 words as of this morning, and the words are flowing well (better than I had hoped, really).
I'm not sure if it's the summer, or my having written three previous novels, or the coffee, but the writing is going well, so I have no desire to jinx anything ... I'll keep doing everything I've been doing for as long as I can.
I don't know that what I'm writing is good, it's probably not ... but I'm enjoying the way the story is coming out, and am confident that with the generous/forgiving/expert help of the readers I use, I'll be able to fix things by the time we've struggled through a couple of drafts.
What I do know is that my life is different, and better, now that I'm a writer ... I'M A WRITER!
For those interested in the numbers, Here Be Monsters was about 80k words, Caretakers was close to 100k, and Between the Carries was around 90k ... Thunderstruck feels as though it'll come in between 90k and 100k
I just wanted to check in and give a quick update to people who read/follow my books and work and life ... thanks, and keep reading!