And I have been for a while. Here's the preparation that's gone into possibly getting ready to start today.
1. Handwritten outline (in green ink on graph paper because I am the creative type).
2. Character chart where I've outlined the personalities, identified some inspiration, and given goal, motivation, and conflict a shot.
3. Synopsis and my editor's notes on changes that will no doubt make the story better.
4. The worksheet I've cleverly called "Things to fix before sending" because I'm no good with titles. This is a list of my crutch words. There are so many I have to have a checklist. And it includes blank spots for whatever new crutches I pick up. Because I will.
All of this? It's been slowly building for months, from the proposal to when I start writing (two weeks ago if I can go back in time somehow).
All this will turn into a book someday, by the power of Diet Coke and my patient editor! I can't wait to see it. Someday it'll be as polished as The Bluebird Bet (March 1, 2015, available for preorder at Amazon and Barnes and Noble so... HINT HINT HINT). YOU WANT TO SEE THE COVER, DON'T YOU? WHY AM I SHOUTING? IT'S EXCITING. Don't worry, I'll remind you of this beauty in March.
Here it is: