Back to Scribbling

I took my notebook full of notes (and scraps of paper onto which I've jotted notes, which are shoved in between the legitimate pages) to work today. I've released the second book into the wild, and the third only needs one last revision, then copy-editing, then programming...

But in the meantime, it's finally time to write again. First up: brainstorming. How much time I spend in this phase varies. In some ways, I'm brainstorming until I'm done with a first draft - sometimes beyond. I have a general sense of the story arc this time, and weirdly enough, a title - one I actually liked immediately (trust me, that never happens). And no, I'm not telling what it is. :)

I'm gathering my characters and figuring them out. I'll be writing character sheets on them as I go - assigning birthdates (and yes, that means astrological signs, which is actually something I always do), physical traits, personality traits, family history. Dog or cat person? Coffee drinker? Smoker? Analytical, artistic, musical, sarcastic? Family secrets? Dysfunctional family? No family? Ah, so much to do... all fun.