I'm not feeling insecure about my writing this month. I've spent the summer working out characters, plot, and setting for four historical novels. Today all of my children will (finally) be back to school, so I can start working on it daily - and not just in my mind.
I still have a lot of research to do on the historical details, but I'm ready to start writing even if that only means typing up outlines and doing character sketches for the next few days.
I'm going to go ahead and dive into one of the novels, the one that is probably going to be the last in the series, the most recent chronologically, simply because I don't have as much research to do for it. And I can see the story from beginning to end. I can't wait to write it, but I haven't fully committed to character names. Today they are getting names even if I have to change them later.
While I don't feel insecure, I am feeling more than a little overwhelmed at the size of this project. But I'm certain I can pull it off if I take it one chapter at a time and once I figure out how to organize the research aspect of it.
If you've ever worked on a series, did you manage it one book at a time or plan all of them up front? Anyone else struggling with character names? If anyone has done historical research for novels, how did you organize it so it didn't take over your desk?
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Thanks again to Alex J. Cavanaugh for hosting this monthly event.