I'm working on a second novel.
This hasn't exactly been a secret, but I've also been hesitant to say too much about it since I'm still working to finish my first book. The idea for number two came in long, drawn out stages, and for a very long time, I didn't even know how to describe it or talk about it because it was initially rooted in a concept but completely without any kind of plot or characters. And the concept, in a way, is even more delicate than the plot of my first novel.
Now, with a full outline and about 10,000 words of a draft, I'm feeling a lot more clarity about the project...but I still don't want to say too much. Apologies for being cryptic, but it's still so early. Suffice to say that I'm super excited about it.
I think most creative people have come up against periods of self-doubt in their craft, times when you wonder if you'll ever have another good idea. I definitely have felt that way. I worked on novel #1 for so long, pausing here and there but without ever diving into another project, that I was starting to wonder if I had any more ideas to write about. When the concept for novel #2 came along, even though it was far from concrete, it was such an enormous relief to find that I have more stories to tell.
And the best part is, once I started working on novel #2, I found more ideas started to come. I also have a pretty interesting concept swirling around in the back of my mind for what I think might end up being a novella, and a couple other ideas jotted down that could become something one day. Or maybe not. The point is, making new ideas is exciting.
This month, I'll be participating in Camp NaNoWriMo to try and push ahead on my word count for the novel I'm loving referring to as "Dark and Twisty." Join me if you want a little extra boost! Throughout this month, my Backstage posts will be about the new project, so follow me if you want a few sneak peeks into the project!