With my query almost written (two lines to go) and my novel almost polished (one more round), I'm thinking about my next project.
I'm collecting ideas for the plot I sketched out back in March, when I thought I'd soon be finished revising Novel #4.
I'm free-writing thoughts from the perspectives of a couple of the main characters in the "new" book (it's actually a rewrite of Novel #3).
I'm taking another look at the first draft pitch and query I wrote (also back in March) to get thinking about the story again.
I love the part before I begin writing, because the idea of the project is so exciting. Right up until the moment where I start the actual writing, when a few anxieties creep in about whether it's the right place to start. You'd think I'd know by now that where I start doesn't really matter, because it's going to change when I revise.
How much time do you spend thinking about your book before you begin? Does the idea of putting those first words down make you nervous?