Back in March, I had a tiny idea sprouting.
This concept of a character and a setting; the two things clashing, began to take form.
I wrote a few scenes-snippets to get a feel for the character voice, devised a vague idea of setting and then left the ideas to simmer.
Last weekend, I sat down in my favourite chair, watching the cats outside with an envelope and a pen. When I came to write up these notes on the computer, I ended up with my first 18 scenes. Pulling details from my setting, the plot I’d briefly worked on before and this new set of events, I merged them to create what will map out my first 20,000 words.
I mentioned in a previous post that I look to have around 70-80 scenes in my list, which pushes me into 90,000 words without needing to come up with new twists part way through.
This is my last step before I draft the story. My setting is solid, I know the background and personality of the key characters, and I have written a few mini-scene snippets to get a feel for the character’s voice.
What do you need to have planned before you begin writing?