There isn't really anything I can do while my book is on submission. I just wait and wait and wait. I'm sure I'll get nervous, anxious and obsessively check my e-mail. What I need to do is start writing my next book.
I have an idea.
I even have the short story that I want to extend (it's a 32 page piece I wrote in my MFA program).
I got this awesome new writing journal from a good friend for my birthday....
And this amazing new pen from my main squeeze....
(You can't really tell by the picture, but the white part is shiny mother or pearl and it has a jewel on the top. He had my name engraved into it. I love this pen already!)
I have no excuse to not write. I need to jump into this new project, so I don't focus on my manuscript that is out there looking for a home.
Here's a sneak peek of the first scene I have written of the shiny new draft in my writing journal (I'll share more on my idea during this next week)....
My first drafts of pieces are scenes that stand alone. It usually isn't until the second draft that I start to piece them together and look to see what is missing in between. I don't think I've ever plotted anything, although I have an idea of my story in my head (especially themes and major ideas). I like being surprised and seeing where a story can take me.
What about you? How do you start writing a story? Do you jump right into it like I do? Do you outline or plot out your structure? Do you focus on character first?