I spend some time brainstorming and outlining Smooth Vengeance as well. So far it’s going a little rough. I may go back to the Snowflake method. I’ve already writing my one sentence description of the plot and expanded that out to a paragraph and a page. I may just keep going, writing the story of the book from each character’s POV. It worked pretty well with Angel Odyssey, at least as a starting point. Donald Maass’ suggestions in ‘Writing the Breakout Novel’ helped me heighten the stakes there, I’m hoping it will work for me again.
I also need to do a readthrough of Smooth Running again before handing it off to an editor I’m planning to hire. The book is a first novel and heir to many of the flaws of first novels (I was still getting a handle on plot) but I like it and find it exciting and readable. So if I can clean up the typos and then have an editor make SURE that I’ve cleaned up the typos, I might be able to get this up for publication in April. That would be nice. With a little luck (and a lot of hard work) I may have the sequel written, at least the rough draft of it.
I’m trying to get all this set up because I’m heading out for five days to the Rainforest Writer’s Retreat near Lake Quinault out on the Olympic Peninsula. Five whole days (minus driving time) of pure writing in the company of professionals and serious aspiring authors like myself. This should be bliss. I’ll probably be a little lonely at first but I have high hopes that I’ll get lots of chapters written. I should be able to get 40-50k words done. I’ll update you next week and we’ll see how good I actually did.