When I get a job, the first thing I do is sketch. Monograms are especially fun to sketch. I do a dozen of them, pick my faves and send them off to the client. A client approves one direction and then off I go to create the final.
Here are some sketches I did in the last session of Advanced Calligraphy, where we spent a couple of classes working on monogram variations. These are too much fun to throw away. So here you are.