My third novel is in the “resting stage” while I try to get some distance from it before I revise. I’ve been trying to decide what to work on next. I have a list of about ten projects that I’d like to try at some point (and fifteen notebooks full of more ideas).
I’ve narrowed it down to two possibilities, but I’m taking things slowly. Before I plunge back into writing, some serious thinking is required. I’m working on the ideas for both books, trying to sketch out plot and develop characters with clear motivations and goals. My hope is that one of them will become stronger in my mind and I’ll have to start writing it.
What do you need to have in place before you start a new story?