I think I probably blogged about some of the first steps in pulling together my proposals but I was interrupted by finishing the historical and revising the July book, and I'd like to keep this all in order. (Ha, as if anything around this desk is in order)
Obviously, the first step isn't a step at all but just a collision of ideas. Bits of dialogue I hear, scenes I see, ideas I read, leap out at me for one reason or another. Mostly, I just jot them down in a document called my "idea file." Sometimes, a character or situation will occur full blown, and then I may even label the idea file with a title so I can find it again when I have more ideas that might correlate to it. Little by little, the file grows until the characters are nagging at me. Or my agent says, why don't you write another NC book? Being wanted is an excellent incentive to pull out the NC file!
I've been madly jotting in my NC file for weeks now, doing research on a nifty "hook" that makes me happy, playing around with the genesis of an entire town, drawing up genealogy charts. Today, I started pinning down my protagonists, and by George, I think I've got 'em!
And the weekend will keep me from doing much with them. Oh well, there's always the revision to finish.
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