I didn’t write yesterday. I can hear your collective gasp of horror making its way across the ether. What are you doing, taking an unscheduled vacation from writing! After all the lectures (aka motivational bullying) you’ve delivered. You hypocrite!
Well, it’s sort of an imperfect storm of events.
First, I finished the first draft of the novel I’m writing on Saturday. Don’t usually write on Saturdays, but I was so close. The missing guy was found in a most unusual place, the bad guy dealt with in a most unusual manner, the leading characters successfully bedded and happy for now.
So I get to start a new novel! Except:
First, I got the first round of edits on Return from Avalon (and Points West) (novel #2) back from Soul Mate Publishing last Thursday and I have to review/approve/comment on them. Number One priority. I ignored them until yesterday, as wrapped up as I was in the end of Avalon, S.C. So I’m going to spend several hours a day on them until they’re done. I’ve only done a chapter (out of 26) so far, and it’s not a lot of fun. Nose to the grindstone, Rusty.
Second, I have to move Avalon, S.C. (novel #4) forward. My plan is to let it sit for a week (perfect timing with item #1 above, wouldn’t you say?), then do a critical reread, decide if there are any major modifications that need to be made. And then begin the 1st rewrite. Once I start, I’ll be posting 3 chapters a week here as they come out of editing. I’m taking a vacation the first week of May, so I might not start posting until I get back. Stay tuned!
For you latecomers, I did that very successfully with Strange Bedfellows (novel #3). Ended up with quite an enthusiastic crowd of readers giving me grief because they had to wait for the next chapter. As well as extremely valuable feedback. Strange Bedfellows is in the proofreader’s hands, and should be ready to go out by the end of this month.
Third, I have to decide what I’m going to write about next. I’ve been brainstorming like crazy, but haven’t decided yet. Since I do my very best thinking while driving, I’m thinking of taking a little road trip to finalize the “plot” (using the term very loosely). Probably have an Arthurian connection somehow, unless I decide it’s time to leave my happy little niche behind and venture out into the cold, cruel world.
Two of the leading ideas have female leads. All 4 earlier novels have been written in first person, and it’s decidedly my voice of choice. So my question for you is: can I write an entire novel first person with a female hero? So far, my 1st round readers and critique groups are skeptical.
Don’t think research will help. I’ve pretty much spent a lifetime researching the female mind and my understanding is still only at a kindergarten level.
So . . . got any great ideas for a novel?