The brainstorming is coming to an end this weekend, as I flesh out the story idea and begin actually writing a plot synopsis.
"Sysopsis?" you say. "I thought authors started with a plot outline."
Not me. I just don't work that way. I've tried to stick with outlines, but I always end up writing actual sentences and paragraphs because that's just how my brain works. An outline simply isn't detailed enough for my taste.
So, for the next few weeks I will be focused on writing an essay of 20-30 pages, which outlines the plot, characters, central themes, conflict, and whatever else I can think of. When I start writing the actual book, that 20-30 pages will be expanded by a factor of about 20, so the final book is 400-600 pages.
Now, if you're wondering about the title of this blog post... all I can say is that it's your first hint of what the next book will be like. But don't take the hint too far -- you won't be finding any rainbows or ruby slippers in this story.