I just now, sitting here, figured out the ending to my next novel, In the Red. It came to me, as most ideas often do, while I was just daydreaming and not thinking at all about the novel.
I’ve written before about how I’d always known how Baby Grand was going to end, which I found so crucial as I was writing it, because I felt like I was writing toward a beacon in the darkness — and some days along the way were really dark.
I guess that means I’m ready to get serious about #2. I’ve written about 25 pages so far of just random notes on character traits, plot devices, etc. Actually, that’s not true. Last fall, I wrote an entire first chapter and half of a second. The first chapter is officially scrapped or, rather, set aside for another scene or novel, since my ideas for In the Red have changed somewhat since the beginning.
Next, I’m going to construct a general outline for the book — something I hadn’t done for Baby Grand until I was well into writing it, probably about midway. I think an outline will help me wrangle all these wild, errant ideas I have and help me piece things together.
Gosh, here we go again…