I have been circling around a new series idea for a number of months, and in May it started to gel enough that I could talk to my agent about it.
Whenever I begin work on a new book, I think of the Beatrix Potter quote:
There is something delicious about writing the first words of a story. You never quite know where they’ll take you.
I believe that quote must be true for every author, at least to some degree, but it’s especially true for seat-of-the-pants writers like me. It takes me quite a few months of writing to discover where a story will take me. I learn the answer one day at a time.
For me, the writing always begins with my characters. Once I get to know them, they tell me their own stories. And I love it when they do.