Saturday, April 30, 2011

Dipping your toes into a new world

Well, I’ve dawdled long enough puttering with my finished books. The one I’ve selected for “first launch” in the great agent hunt is out and about making the rounds, and I’m doing another round of edits on the steam punk book.

It is time for a new book!

This week I took the plunge and started the first fledgling pages of a new novel-it’s a fantasy action adventure with my first MALE pov character! Now in most of my books, I do get “into the male character’s head” at least once or twice. But as this book is shaping up- it’s coming from the POV of one of my guys. (Yep folks before you wail and gnash your teeth- this is NOT a romance ;)). This is a tale about five military misfits (four guys one woman) who find themselves the only hope to stop a planet killing scourge. That a similar disaster was held off a few thousand years ago gives them hope and a hell of a lot more trouble.

It’s a book I started in a different form a long time ago. VERY long time ago, in a few different forms. For some reason every time the idea for this book popped up, another idea was stronger. So I’d make my notes- even wrote a few doz pages…then would set it aside.

Since then I've cannibalized a character and a few scene ideas for other projects. This caused some shuffling about of characters and situation and this is its third version ;). BUT, I think I have a good working plan now. It’s very different from that very first idea I had, but since some of that first idea lived on in another book it’s all good- more bang for my idea buck as it were ;).

I have to admit I’ve only done a few pages so far. But I’ve been kicking the ideas around, making a few notes, and preparing for this week-end. A friend and I are going to do brunch and Starbucks writing sprints- aka blazing laptops at 50 paces ;). It’s a great way to really dive into a story, but I wanted to have something started so I could just run with it.

Now, something about my writing style- I’m a pantser. I toss my characters out in the snow and see where they go. So this early stuff may be tossed aside. But I’ll save it- I re-use my own ideas fairly often so even if THIS launch of this book doesn’t work right now (or I change directions again) I know something will come of it.

As for how I feel about this new book- I have mixed feelings. It’s exciting as heck but scary too. I know all my other worlds and characters- in a very short time they have become part of my life (short in that it already feels like the books I wrote last year have been around forever ;)). Now I have to venture forth and meet some new, but not completely new characters. It’s something I hope I never grow out of.


  1. How exciting ! I marvel at your mad story telling .. and love that you can, even though you claim to be a pantser ... take pieces from old pieces and whip them into new tales. It will be interesting to see how you do with male POV.
    Bravo !

  2. Thanks Lynne! This male POV should be verrrrry interesting- or scary- not sure which! Thanks for the comment :)

  3. Oh, new book time. Fun! I've been doing a lot of male POV lately, and I'm finding it a lot of fun. I get to be obnoxious and insensitive and profane...well, okay, my girls act that way too sometimes. Have fun with it!

  4. I have less trouble creating male characters than female characters, and love to writer from the male POV. Good luck with your new book.

    Toni Noel

  5. Thanks Suzanne and Toni :). I'm hoping he won't sound too girlish (not that my female characters do- but ya never know what will happen!) Thanks for coming by!

  6. Yay!!! I love starting a new book!!! :)

    And when are we going to get you to write a romance, Marie? 4 military guys and one girl? She's going to fall for one of them... Right? LOL

    Have fun!!!

    Lisa :)

  7. HEH Lisa!!! I know- here I am IN the RWA, I read romance (not exclusively obviously) and I don't write it ;). Well even though my books all belong on the "other" side of the bookstore- there is always someone falling for someone in them. Maybe my POV guy falling for a girl we haven't met yet ;). Thanks for coming by!