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From Concept to Shelves: Rough Plans

In the last post we discussed the concept of where ideas can come from and where I find them.  This time around is all about the first rough idea of where I will take that concept and idea and -- hopefully -- eventually also turn it into a novel.

The projects in question that we're going to follow are my next novel, Cold, as well as a few others in various stages of planning and writing.  The primary one will be Cold as it is in this stage of writing right now.

This stage is where that rough idea that might come from a vacuous half imagined scene, or something, and has to be fleshed out into a novel plan.

At this point I ask myself the following question

Novel or short story?

In the case of Cold I'm aiming for another full length novel.  Why is this important?  Other than length there has to be enough to the backstory and primary plot to justify the length of the novel.  Characters must have a fully fleshed out background and story.  The setting has to be dynamic and detailed. …

From Concept to Shelves: First Steps

From Concept to Shelves:  First Steps

It's fairly obvious by now that for a writer to stay in business she needs to keep writing.  In that spirit I decided to do something a little different.  You are about to follow the entire process -- from concept and research of a new novel to the final realization of seeing it on shelves.

This is the first post in this series and it's about (no surprise here) about coming up with a concept, a basic idea, of what the novel is likely going to be about before we get into the research.

This is part of the Planning Stages; that initial first plunge into the unknown before we start drafting.  For most writers this is also the longest and it's both frustrating and exciting.  Why is it frustrating?  Well, think of it this way -- you're not sure what exactly you're looking at.  It's the blank page... actually, no... it's worse.

With a blank page at least you have an idea of what it is you want to write.

Here... you have no ide…