NaNoWriMo is here.

I made a horrible decision.

Not only am I currently editing Born of Blood because it releases on November 29th (during Nano so I must be crazy), but I’m also doing Nano. But in October I had it all planned out. I was going to write a quick YA Urban Fantasy series about witches, but only after I finished the novella for The Valdir Chronicles, Born of Stone. I had a plan. I plotted out books one and two of the YA UF. I had characters. I was prepared.

Then a week before Nano I realized… I didn’t want to write an Urban Fantasy. The story no longer called to me the way it once had. I wanted to keep writing traditional fantasy. I wanted magic and world building.

So I scrapped the YA UF idea and started planning a whole new YA Fantasy series. I dragged out an old idea and began meshing it with a few new ideas. I soon had a basic (read: crappy) plot for book one and some ideas for books two and three. I had the basics of a world with plenty of magic, but some gaping plot holes I needed to fill. Then Nano hit.

I finished Born of Stone in the first three days, writing a whopping 11,000 words, finishing the novella off at 15,500 or so. I was excited. I was accomplished. I was ahead.

Then it hit me, I needed to start on this new YA Fantasy now. I needed to fix plot holes, get to know my characters, and do more world building. The last two days have consisted of me scrambling to world build some more, and honestly I think I have a very cool world filled with science and magic, but as I wrote the first chapter, I realized my plot was pathetic. It no longer lined up with my world building. And I only had the barest outline.

I’m definitely a planner. I need to have a solid plot, chapter by chapter from A to Z before I feel able to get into a real creative flow. I need to have an idea of where I’m going otherwise I get lost. Now, that doesn’t mean I can’t be spontaneous. I definitely deviate from my plot. A lot. I often have a different plot at the end than what I started with, but if I don’t at least have an outline, then I get bogged down with the details.

Honestly, the way I plan my books is not that different than my life. I like to have a plan to start with. If the plan goes awry or I deviate, I don’t mind one bit. But that plan gives me peace of mind, a jumping off point.

So here it is. The working title and cover for my next series. I have no idea what the plot is yet. But I do know it’s going to be full of adventure and intrigue and maybe a bit more romance since my main characters (twins) are over 18.

My main characters are Brianna and Brayden Kirk, red haired twins. They each possess an elemental magic. The rest, you will learn soon!

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