I’ve started laying out the next novel, following a somewhat new approach for me. I’m beginning by creating a thorough biography of each character that takes them from birth through the start of their involvement in the story. I have a rough idea about the plot, but I don’t want to make specific story decisions until I understand each character and have a feel for what he or she would do and why. In the past I’ve usually fleshed out characters as I wrote, and that has slowed me down – I’m hoping that writing out bios in advance will make the writing process go a lot faster. Not to be super-ambitious, but I’d love to have this book finished (in some form) by the end of 2013.
Also, I’m going to need to learn a bit about peer-to-peer filesharing services in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
Two or three short stories are also in the works, and I may try to finish those before I start the real work on the novel. The first required three hours of research into voodoo and the geography of New Orleans. I did that research, and wrote the first 1,200 words, last night while my PS3 was downloading Assassin’s Creed III. Oh yes, even while I was working, I was simultaneously self-sabotaging. That’s multi-tasking.
Also, the Philly Marathon is this weekend, and I’ll be running alone because Liz hurt her ankle running the Harrisburg Marathon this past Sunday. I feel pretty confident anyway, and the weather looks promising. Of course I am also terrified. Stay tuned to see how I do.