So as I mentioned yesterday, my manuscript (well, a couple of chapters, plus cover letter and synopsis) is ready to be mailed. Assuming I don't leave it on the table this morning, which is the kind of thing I often do, purely by accident. (My dad'll get his Father's Day card sometime this week...)
Today I start working on volume two. I'll be dealing with the same characters, adding a few, and I have an idea of what the first couple of scenes will be like, and of where I need to be by the end of the book. But I haven't spent nearly as much time thinking about this one as I did thinking about the previous one. So I'm not sure how long the pre-writing will take.
I used the preparation time almost as a crutch last time; I kept thinking "just a little more" outlining, or character development, or whatever. It was really difficult to get myself into gear to actually WRITE. And even then, there were quite a few false starts. On the one hand, I DO need to prepare, or I'll end up with something I have to throw in the trash (OK, the recycling). On the other hand, I've got a completed manuscript that I'm proud of, under my belt. I've got that experience that I didn't have before. And actually, I'm a better writer because of it. (When I had to add scenes to the manuscript, I found that they required much less editing than some of the earliest scenes I wrote.)
Anyway, lots to do this morning. Guess I'd better get to it. I'd like to turn in all my dissertation documents before it gets blazing hot outside. (Hell, I'm probably already too late for that and it'll easily be an hour and a half before I get to school.)