So I've conquered the blank screen and have my research books. I am so tempted to buy more and have gone through the amazon checkout and managed not to click the "pay" button. Ah, self control, it is a beautiful thing.
I have a rought outline of a plot, but I am quickly realizing that the story will sort of tell itself. I'm wondering if my outline will make it seem contrived so while I make a plan, I'm flexible to the characters' choices and how they may effect the overall story. Am I crazy that I feel my characters have free will and brains to make their own decisions? Possibly.
I also have been concentrating on how to flesh out well rounded characters. I have held my own internet casting call, auditioning actors for various parts. All I'll say is that a certain member of the Harry Potter cast has a lead role. I'll let you speculate who.
No, I won't tell. Nor will I give away the plot, setting, or anything else. Stephanie Meyer, after Midnight Sun, a rewrite of Twilight told from Edward's perspective, was leaked on the internet in a rough draft state, said that she felt violated (of course, anyone would) and like it was no longer private. She needed privacy to write. I now know how she feels. I need space and seclusion to figure out exactly who these people are and what happened to them without any influence. It's a vulnerable state and until my creation is well clothed, it will remain behind the dressing screen. Lee several times has tried to read over my shoulder and I have hid the screen from his curious eyes. I won't let him read a word until I'm finished and have self-edited.
Fun, high adventure, love, and self discovery, and I'm not just talking about the players in my drama, awaits as I journey to a distant place. Oh, but I've already said too much.