Writing Your Way Into a Novel

I’ve decided to write two or three novella-length episodes to introduce readers to my heroine, Eve, and her world. I knew where she lived, and what she did for a living, and what kind of world it was. (Not giving too much away here!)

But then… a funny thing happened. As I was writing, I started to slow down. Something wasn’t right…

It didn’t take long to work out what it was. I had started Eve’s story in the wrong place. I’d intended to go back in a future book, and fill in the early details – but no, she wanted to do it in the first story. Mostly to show how she had met the hero.

Okay, okay. I can take a hint! Back I went, abandoning Part 1 less than a quarter of the way through – actually, it became Part 2.

I opened up a new document, typed ‘Story 1, Part 1′ (That’s right, I haven’t decided on the series title yet!) and away I went. Now I’m about 25% of the way into the first story, and it feels right. The hero has made an appearance – and he even came up with a name for himself.

Now, what will I NAME this series?

I’m not going to sweat about it. The name will come, just as Eve showed up and the hero showed up and all those other characters are making an appearance.