This week I wrote the first words of a new book, The Demon's in the Details, Book 2 of what I call my Touched by a Demon trilogy.
I've been fooling around with the idea for the book for several months, figuring out the turning points and the characters and their arcs, while I finished up revisions on book one, Demons Don't.
(This is the back of this month's Romance Writers Report with me on the cover! The back cover, but a cover's a cover.)
This week was the first time I actually started putting words on (electronic) paper, though, and I have to tell you I simultaneously love and hate this beginning stage.
I love it because the work is fresh and full of possibility. At the beginning of each manuscript I always believe that this one, this time, my reach won't exceed my grasp and the story I wind up with will actually be the one I set out to write. I believe that my words will actually capture and communicate the vision that's in my head. Demons Don't got a lot closer than I've ever gotten before.
I hate this stage because there are so many decisions to make, and each of those decisions can lead you toward a destination that is NOT that vision.
You have to start somewhere, though. The journey of 100,000 words begins with a single typed character.
So far, I have about 4000 of them.
What are you working on these days?