I'm going to start with my newly dubbed Immersion process. I learn some of this from taking Lani Diane Rich's Discovery Class, and now I'm tweaking it a bit to fit me. The idea is to take a simple little idea and Immerse yourself in it and really fill the creative well. Then once Immersion is done, I'm going to do a month or two typing furiously (think NaNoWriMo in March, April and probably May).
How I'm planning to do this is every week I'm going to gather something more that I need for my story. Week one is the soundtrack. I'm actually a little ahead because I found part of the old soundtrack for the story I'm going to be working on. I've added a good half dozen songs to it now and it think it's rounding out well (and by 'rounding out' I mean it's a little on the schizophrenic/bipolar side, but so are my range of characters).
I've got three main characters picked out so far. My Hero, my Heroine and their son. My Hero is very even tempered and sensible. My Heroine, on the other hand, is a hot tempered warrior who tends to kill first and ask questions later. She also caries around a lot of regret from her past that she doesn't want to deal with. Their son is more like his father.
Here's what the line up looks like:
Bylar - Lisa Gerrard
The Diary of Jane - Breaking Benjamin
Atlantia - Secret Garden (this is the theme song for the son)
Forgiven - Battlestar Galactica Soundtrack
So Cold - Breaking Benjamin
A Good Lighter - Battlestar Galactica Soundtrack
Two Funerals - Battlestar Galactica Soundtrack
The Shape of Things to Come - Battlestar Galactica Soundtrack
Blow Me Away - Breaking Benjamin (I'm thinking of making this my Antagonist's song)
Main Title [UK Version] - Battlestar Galactica Soundtrack
Forest Veil - Lisa Gerrard (This is my Hero's theme)
The Comforter - Lisa Gerrard
The Circulation Of Shadows - Lisa Gerrard
Bullet With Butterfly Wings - Smashing Pumpkins (This is my Heroine's theme and though I don't care for all the lyrics, the feel of this song fits her perfectly. At least for the beginning of the story)
Sorrow - Gladiator Soundtrack (This one is actually the Heroine's too)
Scars Remain - Disciple
Reunion - Gladiator Soundtrack
Elysium - Gladiator Soundtrack
Now on to Week Two - Casting ^_^