I guess the next step is to actually start to put together what I want to have happen to Lukas. I am going to start putting together an outline of my story. I usually make a very general outline to start out with and build on it and it changes as I go along.
The ending is something I also want to start thinking about. Not a specific ending just a gist of what I want to happen in the end and how I hope the reader will react to the ending. I don’t think I stick to a rigid formula and the protagonist and other characters usually end up doing things I hadn’t planned on anyway but some basic structure to start is a good way for me to get going, have basic goals and milestones to keep me motivated.
I also like to come up with a working title to start out with and that will likely change as well.
For now I am calling my second novel The Second Chimney.
Of course, overshadowing all of this adventure is reality. Its hard to focus when water is leaking from my upstairs bathroom down through a ever growing drywall bubble into a bucket on the kitchen floor. The plumber will be here tomorrow to take my money.