Work began this weekend on a new BattleTech sourcebook, IlClan. I decided to step in to wrangle the project (not write, however) into shape for a couple of reasons. This book truly sets up the “unknown future” of the universe. Considering I’m looking farther ahead to writing/managing several books dealing with the line’s progression over the next few years, it’s important we have a solid foundation going forward.
Key to the process is developing the book’s structure and timeline. Because I’m looking ahead and making sure plot elements and characters fit together, I do a lot of brainstorming to help structure my thoughts. From that, I craft an overarching outline and then drill down based on the project.
So over the weekend, I pulled out an easel pad and went to work. Since I’m managing the project, I thought I’d blog the process from genesis to finish, just as I’ve done for Wars of Reaving and Total Chaos.
This is where it all begins.