In my last post, I mentioned I had started planning my next book. Since then, I’ve written over 6,000 words of outline and general notes about the book. I think that’s a pretty good start. I have the parts mapped out (it will have 3 parts, each covering a different aspect of the story, but all linked together) as well as fairly detailed descriptions of each chapter (I currently have 35 chapters outlined).
One thing I learned from my first book is that I need more details in my outline. My first outline had pretty generic descriptions for some chapters, and when I got around to writing them, they suffered, both in quality and in length. I think that’s one reason I came in way short on that book. This time, I may have gone too far the other direction; if anything, I put too many details in the outline. However, I think it will be a good thing. I have a much better overall view of this book than I did of the first book before I started writing it.
Now, I’m going to let this outline sit for a couple of days before I jump in and start writing it. I’m currently reading a draft of my wife’s second book, so that has to take priority over anything else; she needs to get it done. Then, my proof copy of my first book should be getting here soon, and I want to go over that one more time to try to catch any last typos.
Once I’ve got that done, and have uploaded the ebook files and made everything available for sale, then I will start writing my next book in earnest. I have no idea how long this one will take, but I think it would be great if I could get through a first draft by the end of the year. That’s pretty ambitious, since I’m aiming for almost twice as many words in this book, and there are some things I will need to research more thoroughly, but I think it may just be possible. I do have a couple more week-long vacations between now and then that I can use to get some serious work done.