It’s been a busy week for me, writing-wise. I finished proofreading the final draft of my novel on Tuesday, which means that today or tomorrow I will be able to wrap up the final version altogether. Just got a few finishing touches on three chapters, and then it’ll be on to writing my query letter for an agent!
My plan is to spend October (after I get my query letter done and my book sent out) prepping for my NaNoWriMo project. The book is the first in a trilogy, so in addition to planning the story arc for all the major characters across all three books, I’ll be looking into putting together a series bible (more about that in another post, when I’ve gotten started making one!). I spent yesterday tacking every visual element I’ve come up with in association with this book over the years I’ve had it rattling in my head. I have character sketches, clothing designs, a map, a grid style outline, architectural sketches of specific settings (from specific vantage points, in some cases), and ink drawings of some types of creatures the series may or may not involve. This is all on the wall next to my bed now, which I hope will mean I’ll lie there and stare at it at night and get good ideas from my subconscious as a reward. Ha!
October, if it goes the way I want it to, should be spent in a frenzy of sketching, inking, and coloring cityscapes and architectural studies, reading up on and eating authentic Italian food (and drink), and searching out traditional Italian and Russian folk music for the purposes of a worktime playlist. Ah, man, what a hard life.
One of my short story beginnings also piped up this week, with lots of ideas suddenly occurring to me that will finally give the story direction, purpose, and cohesiveness. So maybe if I’m a good little writer and get my book sent off early enough, I can spend a couple days drafting this short story before I get my head totally into the NaNo novel. I love that writing is its own reward – literally – for me. I’m like, I get to write a short story if I send off my book before I need to start my other book! Hurray! And this actually works as motivation.