After I came down off the *I SOLD* high with a thump, the reality of having to write the followup book to BOND slapped me a good one. The good news is I’d done a lot of research and characterization on Gil’s story. The bad part (which is really a good part) is that I’ve grown as an author and more than a few glaring plot holes yawned before me.
Now I’m not an intense plotter–in fact my process is part planning and a good part trusting my instincts on the fly. But with a deadline facing me, I convinced myself I’d be more comfortable with a working plan, even if it was a loose one.
The three act process makes the most sense to me. I can tell pretty quickly if my idea is going to work, or if I’m climbing a icy hill in flip-flops.
I’m looking at my white board littered with post-its and what I have looks solid to me–at least solid enough to get that first draft done. Good news is I’m on schedule. Now if it’ll just stay that way–