Well, it’s that time again. I’m at the stage where I’m getting started on Alex Verus #9.
For me, the start of a new first draft is the hardest part by a long way; the first chapter is always the most difficult one. On the plus side, once I do get that first chapter written, it’s all downhill from there, but getting to that point is not easy, mostly because to have done it, I need to have worked out an awful lot of the story already. In the past I used to draw out diagrams to keep track of the story lines, but nowadays I don’t. I’m not sure if that’s because I’ve gotten better and don’t need them anymore, or because the major story’s so complicated now that diagrams wouldn’t actually be all that much help.
It’s looking like I’ll be at NYCC for Friday, October 7th. More info when I have it.