Starting a New Novel
I finished Grapevine Springs: A Thunder Mountain Novel and printed it up last night. Now tonight, I have fired up on Dead Hand: A Cold Poker Gang Mystery. How that process has gone below.
And how I even decided what to write.
Off to the snail mail, other errands, bank, then WMG office, then out to the WMG store.
Then on the way back I saw Kris walking and stopped and walked a distance with her to help on my 10,000 per-day steps.
Then to the grocery store and back to WMG Publishing to work there. Then home for a short nap before I cooked dinner.
Did the e-mail next, then another nap, then got to sample some of Kris’s pumpkin pie. Fantastically yummy considering she makes it without any milk or butter product at all. Actually lighter and better than her old pies, which were great.
Some television, then in here to try to figure out what to do next, what sounded like fun. It was about 1:30 a.m.
Smith’s Monthly #24 and #25
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Topic of the Night: What to Write Next?
In case you haven’t read Kris’s new blog this week, do so. It’s about this topic of deciding what to write. She’s talking about the writers who write to some imaginary market. Great article by her. Make sure you read it when you get the chance.
For me, marketing such as series, what sells, or things like that, never enter into my decisions when trying to figure out what to write. Just never occurs to me, actually.
I want to write what I want to write. If readers like it, great. I do my best. But I always write to entertain myself first.
Well, I came in here around 1:30 a.m., played around with e-mail for a short time, then went out to get a snack. On the way back into my office I noticed a copy of Smith’s Monthly #24 sitting on my counter. That issue has a Cold Poker Gang novel in it. And I remembered that when I finished that novel, I had thought it would be fun to tell a Cold Poker Gang mystery from other members of the Cold Poker Gang. The first four novels had been from the same two retired detective’s point of views.
So that idea had me instantly excited and challenged.
I had a title, Dead Hand, that is a poker term, that also sounded like a mystery novel.
First four Cold Poker Gang novels are Kill Game, Cold Call, Calling Dead, and Bad Beat. So Dead Hand fit perfectly.
So I went to my writing computer, grabbed a phone book, and started working out character names for three retired detectives who played in the Cold Poker Gang and solved cold cases. Got that done in about ten minutes.
No character sketches or anything stupid like that. Just wanted to make sure my names didn’t conflict with other characters in the first four books and were distinctive.
Then I came back to this internet computer and printed off a few maps of downtown Las Vegas.
Even though I know Vegas very well, I wanted the detail of a map of the downtown area at my fingertips because I had decided that this group of detectives were going to stay in that area for the most part. Not sure why I thought that, just figured that would keep them from running into the other three too much. (grin)
Other than at the weekly Cold Poker Gang poker game.
Then around 4:30 a.m., after spending an hour just pacing to get my 10,000 steps and watching a treasure hunting show while I did that, I got back to my writing computer, sat down, and wrote the prologue, which is always a distant point of view from the victim that becomes the start of the cold case. (Form for the series and I like it, so wanted to do it for this book as well.)
700 words later I had that done. Creeped myself out, let me tell you. (A good sign… grin.)
So I’m going to be done for the night now, since for the next few chapters it’s all introduction of the brand new characters and setting up details I will need to live with for books going forward. Better to go at that fresh tomorrow.
I’m excited about getting this started. I got a hunch this book is going to be a really fun one. And in the first 700 words it really started off twisty. (grin)
The Writing of Dead Hand: A Cold Poker Gang Mystery
Day 1…. 700 words. Total words so far… 700 words.
Totals For Year 3, Month 4, Day 25
Writing in Public blog streak… Day 836
— Daily Fiction: 800 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 63,650 words
— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 00 words
— Blog Posts: 700 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 19,900 words
— E-mail: 12 e-mails. Approx. 800 original words. E-mails month-to date: 526 e-mails. Approx. 29,700 words
— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 1 Covers
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