Over the weekend I decided Welcome to the Fold was ready to be written for real, and that the outlining and note-gathering phase of the project was pretty much done. After Thanksgiving weekend, I'll roll up my sleeves and get started — real life distractions be damned.
Starting any new project is always tough, because we want whatever we produce as soon as the gun goes off to be the thing we end up using. Fight that temptation, I say. I wrote the first chapter of Flight of the Vajra some four or five times before I found the voice, tone, situation, and approach the story needed — and even then I still wasn't totally happy with it, but it came closer than anything else I could come up with.
Likewise, I do have something scribbled down that could serve as a first chapter for Fold. It was written back before I'd made most of the notes I currently have, and so it'll most likely have to be gutted and reworked, assuming I use it at all.
Being able to do that with impunity is a sign of having moved that much further away from being a producer of artifacts to an engager within a process. I wish I could remember the full details, but there was an anecdote of a painter who'd had a fair amount of his work destroyed, and his response was to shrug and paint some more.
If I stay on schedule, the entire book shouldn't take more than two to three months to write, and then about that long to edit. We definitely won't be waiting the three years it took for Vajra to come out, and a big part of why I picked this project was precisely because I didn't want to keep anyone waiting that long. Me included.