New Year’s resolutions aside, I always like the freshness of January. It’s a clean slate and a great time to start writing a new story. Of course, training myself to become a plotter rather than a panster has meant that this new story has some bones already – a like a five page outline and plot trajectory and character profiles etc. But it’s still great to write Chapter One and know these characters are about to take a fabulous journey and get their happy-ever-after at the end. I’m always amazed at where ideas come from – snippets of conversation, friends, movies, past experiences. This one came from a television show I watched late one night about twins separated when they were young. I was intrigued by the similar experiences they’d had throughout their life, even thought they lived in different countries. For me, the ideas phase is the most creative – there are no rules, no guidelines – only imagination running riot. I’m looking forward to getting into this story and seeing where it takes me – and where I can takes my characters. I always enjoy it when my cp’s start something new – there’s an energy about the writing which is contagious. So, a new year and new ideas . . . roll on.