Michelle Rowen

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Sparking it up

All finished going through my Demon Princess page proofs. My eyes hurt. I think I just might fill that prescription for reading glasses even though it pains me so to admit that my body is slowly but steadily falling apart. As long as I get really cool frames, I suppose I can justify it to myself.

As I read it, I made notes which then became what I refer to as my “Demon Princess Bible.” Nineteen pages (so far) of character descriptions, locations, things, and other stuff that’s referenced in the first book that I may need again. Also, there are some plot points mentioned and other story triggers that I can pick up again in the second book and beyond. This is going to be very valuable.

With my first series, I never knew it was going to be more than one book in the beginning until the next two were contracted. And so on. It made it more difficult to do long-term story planning than I would have liked, even though it all came together in the end (I think). However, there are no promises in this business, that’s for sure! I think taking the time up front to plan things out is super important if only to maintain my own sanity. Right now, I’m only contracted for two Demon Princess books, but if they do well enough to constitute more, then I’m ready with story arcs and character angst galore. I don’t know exactly what’s going to happen, but I have an idea. And the world I’ve built for Nikki, the main character, is big enough to play in.

However, getting started is always so difficult! Why is that? I guess at this point, I’m not surrounded by story. I’m wading in and the water is cold. I want things to go perfectly even though I know they won’t. It’s impossible for a book to turn out as perfectly as one imagines it. And. That’s. Okay.

And as usual for when I’m about to start a new book, I’m now surrounded by other shiny ideas. But the difference between a million cute ideas and a finished book is FOCUS. And I haz it. Sort of.

So today I’m going to do some brainstorming. I’m going to play with first lines. And then hopefully by tomorrow I’ll be making some pages.

Also, after writing a full manuscript and a proposal in third person, it’s going to be fun to get back to first again. I may be acting like a sixteen year old for a couple of months. Well, more than normal, that is.

One comment to “Sparking it up”

  1. Charlene Teglia
     · February 8th, 2009 at 11:09 am · Link

    Ooooh, get some cat-eye frames with sparkly rhinestones.

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