3. And just this past week, actually digging in and writing.
But first things first. The Resting. I went on a week long road trip through central California with my hubby. Get away from it all! But when you carry this whole book world you've created in your head you kind of don't want to forget it--the world just keeps whispering ideas to you. And sometimes your book makes you braver.
"Hey! Yeah, you! What do you think you're doing here?"
"You think she's got any food, Gladys?"
"Nah, just a worthless lookie-loo."
(Admit it. You can see little thought bubbles over their heads too.)
Later, we came upon another very lovely sight:
And they had The Jenna Fox Chronicles, so I signed those too. They didn't even ask for my ID : )
On our little getaway I also got some reading done. That is part of
My reading included both fiction and nonfiction on ***** (can't tell you subject yet--don't want to spoil it) to see how it might play out in my character's world--or the new one she is heading into.
But another book I can tell you about--not too spoilery. A History of Weapons by John Bryan. Yeah, this is the "gore" part. It is amazing the weapons we have created over the centuries to hurt our fellow humans. This one on the right is particularly gruesome. It's called a Mancatcher. If you don't want to kill the person you're trying to subdue, you just push this around their neck. If they struggle against you, it ain't very pretty. Can you imagine? No, you don't want to go there.
Part of my nesting is drawing maps, floorplans, cities, lanes, roads, etc. so I have a firm grasp on my character's world. Of course as the story progresses, these maps are revised to accommodate new twists and turns. I need a new road? City? Country? Voila, it is there! I also look for pictures of characters and setting and pin them to a bulletin board behind my desk. I love Pinterest for this! Lots of great stuff there.
Butt in Chair. Just Write. Routine. Get the words down.
That's what I am doing now. Slow going at first, but writing begets writing and I know I will pick up speed.
Oh, and my nice clean desk is already a mess. But that's okay. Bring it on.
PS The first and last pictures in this post are ones I took in France a few years ago that are among my writing inspirations for the setting.