Today I began working on the first draft of my new novel. I’ve been thinking about this one a long time, getting to know the characters and the setting, trying to find the tension in the story. The idea first came to me about eight months ago disguised as a different story entirely. But over the last several months I’ve worked on it enough that I’m pretty confident I know what direction to go. So onward!
I always seem to have a problem when I’m writing my novels though. At first I love it, everything goes along just fine. But after a couple of weeks I start to drag. I don’t know if it’s my energy or that I don’t know the story well enough or what. On several occasions this slump has been enough to derail me – as evidenced by three half finished novels sitting in a drawer somewhere.
So, I’m trying something new this time.