Since August, I’ve written two books. The YA, I shelved indefinitely. I’m not in the mood to rewrite a YA right now. Too cutesy. Too innocent. Not all of them, just this specific one. Nothing wrong with that, just not feeling it. And then there’s the Untitled Action Book. I was a hardcore hermit while I wrote them, avoiding a lot of people and chores, including kind of ignoring my husband, lol. So after I finished my last book, I committed to waiting until the new year before starting a new project. That actually works for me because I’m a little burnt out.
While I was working on my last book, I got an idea for a new one. This is a more complicated romance from the perspective of 3, possibly 4 characters. While Untitled Action Book was a romance mixed with soft science fiction and action, I think this one is coming off as more of a complex romance mixed with a suspense/thriller. At least, that’s what I’m going for. I’m currently plotting it.
For me, I normally like to start out a book by creating my characters. I go into great detail, describing intricate backstories and delving into their personalities I love knowing their personalities. Everything about it. The deeper into the personality I can dig, the better my story will be because I know I can make the reader 100% connect. I recently discovered two super helpful books that I find invaluable. They are The Positive Trait Thesaurus and The Negative Trait Thesaurus. Negative traits in a character are just as important as positive ones. If your character is too perfect, that’s just unrealistic and the reader won’t believe it. A lot of writers don’t want to view their characters as weak, but when you give your characters a flaw, that’s something that they can struggle with and overcome throughout the story. And the reader can watch it happen. It can be very inspiring and powerful. Besides, characters are people just like us. They’re not going to be perfect. They need to be relatable.
After I’ve got my characters, I normally feel pretty pumped, lol, and get into the actual plot. That’s where I’m at now, beefing it up. While Untitled Action Book was short at just under 63,000 words, I need this one to be longer. It doesn’t need to be huge like Behind the Chimera, but I’d be happy if it fell between 80,000 – 100,000 words. I’m going to dub this story #lovetriangle. While I started this social media journey near the end of my action book, this book is new and fresh, so I’ll do my best to start documenting the journey.
From here until December 31, 2016, I’ll be plotting and working on my outline. Starting January 1, 2017, I intend to start Draft #1. Wish me luck! xD