Now the hype of NaNoWriMo is over, I promised myself that I wasn’t going to do any writing this month. But four days into December and I’m getting antsy. My two books that I finished last month, Get off my Case and Getting Close to the Omega are both with the beta readers. I’ve rested, taken time to catch up with my adult children, petted the baby and brushed the dog. I’ve read so many books my eyes are swimming and all the time, there, lurking in the back of my brain my next story is already making itself known.
This next book, Book 4 of the Bound and Bonded series entitled Fighting Fangs is still a germ of an idea – a wolfist who finds out his mate is perfect in every single way, except the man is not another wolf shifter. Is Ace’s specism enough to stop their claiming each other? Well, all I know for sure is that they will end up with their HEA, because that is a given in any of my books. But is it enough of an idea to start writing?
A lot of writers put almost as much time into planning their books as they do in writing them. Before they have even put one word on the page, they know everything about their characters and exactly how the story arc is going to play out. That is how most writing courses suggest you should write a book, and I can definitely see the positives in that sort of work.
I’m not like that. When I sat down to write my first ever fiction book – The Reluctant Wolf I had nothing in my head at all except that I wanted a cup of tea. So I had my main character decide to stop into a diner and get a late lunch. My subsequent five books in that series have all stemmed from that one idea and I haven’t planned out any of them. It was the same when I came to write the Bound and Bonded series. I had been doing a bit of research into the BDSM lifestyle and I had in my head, an idea of a perfect scene – how the sub would feel and what could happen afterwards. I think I mentioned that the ideas for Book four in that series are the ones floating around in my head today.
So how do you start a new book – your first, or like me, another one in a series? Do you plan out every move, detail your characters and then sit down and write? Or are you more like me and just sit down and start tapping words onto an empty page? While you’re thinking about it, I’m going to start that book. My mind won’t leave me alone unless I do, and quite honestly, for me, a day without writing isn’t worth waking up for.
Have fun 🙂