I think I mentioned that March would be light on the blog. I wasn’t kidding. 😉
I know that I’ve heard other writers talk about self-doubt and imposter syndrome. I haven’t heard anyone discuss what I often experience – each book as a different sort of humbling.
I was so proud when I finished my first book. Hitting “publish” and seeing it go live on Amazon? Amazing.
I remember thinking that I finally had a good handle on story and on what it takes to write a book and bring it to press.
Then I sat down to write book two. Humbled.
The story was tight. I plotted it. I followed the character’s lead. I did everything right, but man, I felt like it took longer than it should have.
I finally put a bow on book two. I had a schedule and a plan, my friend. And then Mr. Quinn expressed his displeasure at being left out as an alpha reader and I had to adjust (more on that in a minute).
Last month I sat down to write book three and I was gutted. Humbled again.
See, every book in this series deals with a natural disaster. Book three is especially striking to me because the disaster was natural but the hubris wasn’t. But the initial plot felt like it followed the same formula of book two and that’s not what I want.
I want to be able to tell the story of the disaster with humanity while also keeping the series of events fresh. So there’s a new challenge!
I think I might have it nailed down, and Mr. Quinn is reading book two.
- My production schedule actually calls for this The Star of Storms to be done on May 4th, but we’ve had a couple of conflicts come up that are going to put me away from my computer for several days during that time. It’s going to be a test of my ability to hold a schedule, that’s for sure. There will be some writing ahead and probably some wailing and gnashing of teeth as well. Check back in a month.
Much wailing and gnashing of teeth. I called it. Reworking the plot made the deadline tighter, but still in the realm of achievable. I’ll be putting my head down for the rest of April and may come screaming into a stop on May 4th. Still, I can edit a mass of words in a knot. I can’t edit an empty page.
- Work on the romance. Back-burner, but hope to get some more words in on this one if I can.
Not at this time. I’ve looked at my production schedule and may get to revisit this over the summer. We’ll see.
Finish Book three.
As to publishing book two, I am thinking through some stuff. I’ll be back with a post on that in a couple of days because I think my initial plan won’t work. Stay tuned.