Last night I read through my manuscript of TORN one last time after my latest revisions. (I sent it off to a couple of people to read.) I consider it done unless something major comes up, which means it’s time to move on to a new project.
No rest for the wicked, I always say.
My next project is a middle grade novel that has lived in my head for a year. As strange as it might sound, this project has intimidated me. It’s involved a lot of research. Researching doesn’t intimidate me, but the sources have been difficult to come by and difficult to sort out. It’s not as simple as a few clicks of my mouse. I’ve had to order and read actual books. O.O
I’ll also admit that the lower word count associated with middle grades is intimidating. I know before I even start it’ll be longer than 30-40K. But in my head, this WIP has more of a Percy Jackson or Harry Potter feel in plot and length. (First books for both are 87 and 77K, respectively)
It was a rainy day today and I was in my usual post-manuscript depression. I needed something to cheer me up and decided to look for pictures of the cast in my new project. Now, it’s taken me MONTHS to find pictures for TORN so I didn’t expect to make much progress. But once I started looking for the middle grade (still untitled) cast photos, I had all five of my major characters in about 30 minutes.
That will NEVER happen again. Ever. I’m very picky.
Okay. Introducing the characters:
Zach, the twelve year old main character who finds a gold chalice buried in his backyard
Caroline, the most annoying girl in sixth grade and the only other person who can see it
(I was extremely picky with Caroline, I thought it would take me weeks to find her. I LOVE this picture.)
Brandon, Zach’s best friend
Griffin. His personal goal is to make Zach’s life a living hell.
Ashlin, Zach’s eight year old sister who was adopted from China
I plan to start plotting, finish some research and start writing by Monday, May 2. Woohoo!
Do you all find photos for your characters?
What I’m listening to: Arctic Monkeys– My Propeller. I’ve associated the sound of this CD (Humbug) with this wip since the idea first popped into my head last year.