I have had this book idea in my head since before I left for college (going on almost fourteen years now). I have attempted to write the book several times, but nothing I wrote felt "right." I knew I wanted this book to be a series. I had a few things in my head already of what I wanted to happen... but there were so many loopholes and twists and turns. I had to connect the dots, but I never gave it much thought... until these last four weeks.
I don't want to give too much of the book away, but let's just say it there's a lot of twists and turns. It's a modern-day, "coming-of-age story," with forbidden love, haunted mansions, time travel, curses, drama, and a quest against time.
I think I called my sister up several times a day to brainstorm ideas. I told her my initial plot for the story and she has was so excited (which made me feel like I had something here). After three long weeks... I figured everything out. Which is key, because I knew that there had to be a lot of foreshadowing in the first book. I love writing, but I will admit I am nervous. I grew up my whole life being told how talented I was with art and design, so the confidence was always there. But, when it comes to writing, I know I am not bad at it... but still nervous. So, I have to reassure myself to just keep writing. Get the story written out and edit later. I may not be an author or writer, but I am a good storyteller.
One of my favorite things I do, before I do anything creative, is mood board. I also recommend this to clients. Creating a mood board really gives me the overall look-and-feel to my story, especially while writing it.
Here is a sneak peek of my story's mood board: