With query letters going out for my novel, it’s time to start a new manuscript. No rest! No waiting! We’re writers, and writers write.
So, this morning I got up early and created a new shortcut on my desktop for a new story folder. (I keep all my story ideas in separate folders within my main Documents folder, then as I work on each story, all the notes, research, drafts, etc., are stored in the book’s folder.) This story is one that I actually started while I was having writer’s block during my structural revision of my first novel. I had the idea while gardening, and as I was having difficulty figuring out the other novel’s problems, I decided to take a break and try out the new idea. It proved to be a lot of fun.
Lately, as I was finishing the last revision of my first novel, this other story has been popping into my head. All my book ideas pop into my head from time to time, but this one was really screaming out to be written. So, I have a direction for the story and a vague idea of the ending. I haven’t done a full layout for the story — and still might — but I know where I’m heading, which is great.
How do you start a new project? All research? Map out the whole story? Or just start typing?