The sequel to Old Green World has been percolating in my head for a few months, and now I’m starting to draft it. It’s called Your Green Eyes. It’s nice to have a world defined already.
This feels like “storyboarding” as much as “drafting.” In the first book, I tried to keep all the variables of structure — theme, language, plot, character — in play as I went, and tried to make my first words my best words. That led to much constipation, and I ended up re-writing it all anyway. This time, I’m focused on getting the skeleton on the page, capturing the action and flow, and letting the process move forward. It’s great when something I like gets on the page, and that happens as often as not, but if there’s some flat stuff in between, that’s no big deal. It can be smarter later.
I’m also doing sketches so that the ideas have some other media to play inside before getting trapped in language.
So what’s happening with Old Green World? I’ll have some news about that next month.