Monday, October 26, 2009

Gearing up

Two weeks ago, I was just trying to figure out which of the numerous endings I had written should I stick on the end of the first draft of my first novel. I was happy to be wrapping up that first foray into novel writing.

Now I can't get enough of it.

I haven't written on anything that big for a few weeks, and it has me wringing my hands, not waiting to start another novel. It's like crack - or what I've heard crack to be like - ultra-addictive. But I'm waiting to check out the first draft and go through another edit for a few weeks.

And I still have to wait for a few more days before starting on another novel. I'm participating in National Novel Writing Month for the first time, so I can't start going on the next novel until Nov. 1.

As much as I like writing short fiction, I really, really can't wait to start going on another big project again. But for now, I'm stuck. I am relegated to poking out my hokey short stories and working on set-up stuff like outlines and such for the next novel.

Now that the first one is wrapped up (except for edits, of course), I can't wait to start the next one.


  1. If I may ask, which method do you use for outlining? It's something I've been reaserching and debating. I'm finding I work better without an outline, what about you?

  2. Sorry for the delay in responding!

    My outlines are very basic, pretty much me just putting down the basics of where I want to go with the plot so I stay on task. Nothing very in-depth ultra-specific.

    Mainly, I use the notes to keep my characters in order - their quirks and flaws and whatever else.

    The last time I started, I didn't do anything. Just jumped and then looked where I was going. I'm trying to be a little more organized this time.