Patience is a bloody hard virtue

With The Smoke Hunter well and truly launched, I’m on to the next thing. What that is, precisely, I’m not yet at liberty to say. But I can share a bit about both the glory and the degradation of this stage of the writing process.

Outlining is fun. Really! It’s anything-goes time, when I should be able to dive into researching all sorts of obscure bits of history, mythology and folklore while I weave together plot points and characters. The end result is generally a happy mess in desperate need of trimming and polishing, but then, that’s the other half of the fun.

So what’s the tough part?