I've begun working on my next project, a story I'm calling "Standing on the Precipice." (SotP) I'm not done plotting it, but already it has had several incarnations!
Originally, this story was going to focus on a woman -- a child of immigrants with fractured ideas regarding what her path in life ought to be. I thought I would write it much in the same way that I wrote "Sinner's Ride" (SR) -- stream of consciousness -- you know, just let it flow and let the characters tell the story. But that's not going to happen this time around. I've decided to do something different with this project. Although I had done some research for some of the scenes in SR, it wasn't as intense as the research I have been doing and will continue to do for SotP. (Here is a link to one entry on my blog over at my publisher's website, The Indie Author's Press for your perusal: http://www.salgado-reyes.com/forums/entry.php?127-Serial-Killers-Are-they-made-or-born While you're at it, please consider becoming a member. It really is a cool site!)
Another consideration I had to bear in mind was that I wrote SR during one short month last year as part of NaNoWriMo. I've decided not to participate this year as I anticipate demands at work that will not be conducive to writing the kind of story I want to write. Yes, I understand that I don't have to finish the story in 30 days - I just have to get in 50,000 words in that timeframe -- but I am anal that way. Seriously. Once I get my mind fixed on something, I have to finish it and I don't want to put myself under that kind of pressure because I don't perform well under those conditions. I want to really spend the time it takes to organize, create and become intimate with the characters of this story. As with SR, I want to grab a hold of my audience and not release them until the final scene is over.
So, with all of that in mind, I have began using The Marshall Plan (thank you Jorge :}), and for that reason, I believe this story will be much more organized. The idea is to feature three main characters as well as a villain -- all of their lives interwoven with one another and all as psychologically different from one another as possible. The story will incorporate surprising twists and turns including my now favorite thing to do -- which is to include at least one "shocker" event.
I expect this story will continue to change as it evolves, so I don't want to go into any further detail about it, lest I engender expectations that may either fall short or disappoint, but the intricacies of this story present a huge challenge for me and to those of you who know me, you know how I love a challenge!
If you like what you've read, leave a comment. Let me know what your thoughts are! I would LOVE to hear them!