While my last manuscript is out with my first readers, I’ve been busy at work on my new WIP. My outline, which I want to fill twenty to twenty-four pages, is currently at thirteen pages, so I have work to do this week. The more details I fill in, the easier it is to keep BIC when I’m writing the actual story, plus I get a lot of basic details into my first draft which might otherwise get neglected and cause headaches later on.
I’ve also been writing background stories for certain characters. My story has myths and legends which are referred to, but not necessarily spelled out in the book, but knowing the whole legend and understanding the roots of the myths ahead of time makes it easier for the characters to discuss and fear them. Plus, it really brings the character who is most involved with the tale into focus.
Unlike my real book, my background stories have no outline—just an idea of where I want it to end up. This is fun, free-writing. The background I wrote yesterday ran a little over two-thousand words. I’m pleased with it because a character I had thought of as tired and gloomy unveiled a creative, jokester side to her that I had been unaware of when I originally planned her. Now I’m looking forward to going through my outline and making sure she gets enough page time to do her justice.
I won’t be writing much today, though. Today is all about family—kids, grandparents and birthday cake. I hope y’all have a happy week!