As you may know, I’m currently working on a trilogy of paranormal fantasy novels called the Wild Spirits trilogy. Because the first two books are set in Africa I’ve been spending a lot of time researching the swahili language, african wildlife, shamanism and african traditions, rituals, dress, food, work and leisure pursuits. I have finally finished plotting the first in the series, Roar of the Blood, so I now know what is supposed to be happening in each scene (although when I’m writing I like to go wherever the inspiration takes me, so I may deviate from it). I also have swahili names and special abilities for all my characters. I’ve also written a rough outline for the sequels Roar of the Wild and Roar of the Crowd.
All this is fantastic, because it means I’m now fully prepared to start writing. But of course it now means I have to stop procrastinating and ‘researching’ and actually get down to the nitty-gritty business of writing. The writing is my favourite part (good job, or else I wouldn’t make a very good writer, would I?), but I always find it hard to take that first leap of faith and start writing. Sometimes the fear that what I write will be terrible, or worse, that nothing at all will come when I try to write, holds me back from actually beginning, so I keep putting it off by planning everything extensively.
But I know now I can’t put it off any longer. On my next day off (Thursday), I’m going to dive right in and start writing and try to ignore my inner editor. Wish me luck!