Welcome to the new story! I wrote the bulk of The Devil You Know during NaNo 2013. I had a rough idea of where I wanted to go with the story and did some early research, though I still had to do some quick searches later in the plot. I'd classify TDYK as Urban Fantasy, crossed with Spy Thriller, though I won't say why right now. I hope the two genres mesh well and that elements from both come through.
The most noticeable feature is the font change. I switched to a serif-based font for one reason, my lead character's name. When I wrote TDYK, I used LibreOffice, where I have it default to Times New Roman. My blog, though, is in Arial, a sans-serif font. Thus, when Ione's name appears, it looks like lone. Or, to show the difference, when Ione's name appears, it looks like lone. Something that I will have to remember for the future, though I now use Wordpad defaulting to Arial when I write, more for the speed of loading than anything else.
Chapter 1 also got something done that wouldn't normally be done. In January 2014, Ottawa's Municipal Liaiasons held a how-to-edit session for the WriMos in the region. I couldn't make it, but I offered TDYK to be a sample. Thanks to Angela S. Stone, I have a first chapter that looks far better than it did originally. First chapters are always the roughest; I'm trying to get the ideas out in a way that looks reasonable and sets me up for the rest of the story, but the rhythm isn't quite there. This time out, a much better presentation.
I wanted to start the story with a bang, so I blew up a warehouse. With Ione outside, just how the explosion happened is left a mystery, as is the identity of the person who caused it and how he managed to survive being in the inferno. That should be the hook, though other mysteries will come up.
TDYK had a rough plan, as mentioned. Two main characters, including Ione, with supporting characters as needed. However, what I hadn't expected was several of those supporting roles to expand. I'll point them out along the way. Every character has a story arc, some that get wrapped up, others that remain unravelled, and that was part of why the roles got expanded. It helped having a loose plan instead of s tight outline. Gave me more room to write as characters lingered.