Buzzzzz...the silence hiss of static and...is someone snoring?
Testing, testing. Hello? Heather, are you there? Tap tap tap.
Huh, what? Who? Processing*...Oh, yeah...I'm supposed to be writing a blog post. Gotcha.
So, ahem. Sorry. My mind blanked out. I'm editing right now and that kind of tends to turn my brain to fuzz. Like Pooh. "What you got in there for brains?" "Stuffing, actually."
Half Blood has been taking over my office. A few pages of draft 1 here, a stack of draft 2 there, red pens and markers all over the futon. Want to see my new wallpaper?
Yep, that's all my notes and outlining for Half Blood. It will probably expand as I finish rewriting the third draft.
My best advice right now? Don't change who the villain is partway through the story. I've done this to draft 1 of two stories, and it just makes everything messy. Lots of rewriting and story tweaking. Just sit down and figure out enough about the story beforehand. I think even non-outliners could do that. Hey, I'm a non-outliner, for the most part. It's fun that way. Your characters get to surprise you more. Except when the bad guy changes his name or rank. That's not so much fun.
So yes, editing. Come back next week. Maybe I'll have something more coherent and meaty and thought-provoking for you at that time. :0D
*And for those who don't know..."Processing" is an inside joke between my friend Mary & I. It happened after a late-night brainstorming session at her house. When we woke up, she asked me the time. I stared at my watch for about a minute and finally managed to spout one highly intelligent word..."Processing". OK, so maybe it isn't THAT funny. You had to be there. At least Mary will get a kick out of it. ;0)