In January of this year, I completed and submitted the first book in my new YA fantasy series, THE FAELIN CHRONICLES. I’ve been awaiting my new editor’s response with a combination of excitement and nervousness. Generally, the best thing to do when a writer is waiting for a verdict is to keep writing. For one thing, it gets you well along toward the next deadline. For another, it’s a distraction.
So it’s time to get started on the second book in the series. I’ve rested enough. My imagination is stirring. I feel that creative itch, that craving to plant my backside in my titanium-gray desk chair and produce pages.
Of course, beginning a new manuscript isn’t quite as simple as sitting down and typing. I have a lot of development and thinking to do. I’ll have to go back through my story outline and reacquaint myself with continuing characters while I create new ones. There’s a world to be built because my twin protagonists, Diello and Cynthe, are going on a journey to a new land – the magical land of the Fae – that’s very different from the one they’ve known before. There’s magic to be designed and scenes to be planned. Plotting this second story offers the challenge of beginning right where story #1 left off. That means I need to achieve a consistent flow in tone and pacing from one book to the next. At least the ending is worked out; I don’t have to worry about that because I think I’ve got a corker of a hook. It’s the middle that’s rather vague at the moment. Still, just the prospect of digging into all the preparation is firing up my imagination. I am going to have fun.