I've begun the plotting for the next Inspector Andy Horton marine mystery crime novel which means there are bits of paper scattered all over my office/study. I usually work out plot and characters in pencil using spider grams and plot lines and I've got the basics of the next Inspector Andy Horton marine mystery number seven in the series, mapped out.
The idea for this novel has come from several sources but a newspaper article forms a major part of it, which is linked with the location of course, which in my case is the Solent area on the south coast of England where my novels are set. I won't say what that article is because, like most writers, I am rather superstitious - the more you talk about a novel in progress the more likely it is to become dead in the water.
There's a long way to go yet before I can start creating it on the computer though. I need to start working on the characters now and, as they begin to take shape, so too will their actions and motivations, which in turn will drive the plot further.
Then there are the sub plots. Will they stand alone or will they form part of the main plot? And the back story: will Andy discover more about his missing mother? What's happening in Barney Cantelli's life and with Superintendent Uckfield? Will DI Dennings still be lumbering about on the major crime team? It's all a bit messy to begin with, but exciting as the new story unfolds.