Last week I shared my writerly “To Do” list, which included:
- 1 novel about to release
- One in developmental (publisher) edits
- Two completed novels just sitting in my computer
- Four first drafts
- One 95% complete work in progress
- Five 5000-10000 word outlines of soon to be written novels
I discussed a little about how I ended up having so many “almost complete” books, and I wanted to discuss the madness of my writing process a little.
My MO used to be:
- Write a first draft
- Leave #1 to simmer while I write a first draft of something else or edit something else
- If I edited, send completed piece out to query. If I wrote, let that one simmer.
- Go back to draft in #1 and start editing
- Rinse, repeat.
Basically, I liked to distance myself from something before I started editing. It worked well for me for quite a few years, until I suddenly found myself with three contracted novels to write, edit, submit (on time) and publish/promote an all that good stuff.
While writing the series has been a blast, it’s given me WAAAAY to much “simmering” time on all the other projects that I have. And when I had some “down time” from FIRE IN THE WOODS, all I wanted to do was start something new in a completely different world. THAT’S why I am 95% through with a novel that I just love the stinking alien pants off of. (Does that even make sense? Aww, who cares?)
So, will I ever get back to all those first drafts?
I sure hope so, since each of them adds up to a significant hunk of writing time, and a story that meant a lot to me.
But another thing that I am very aware of, is that I learn something every time I write a book. Also, my style changes exponentially.
I am a hugely different author now than I was just a few years ago. Part of me is AFRAID to go back to those works, because I know I will not be as happy with them as I was when I wrote them.
So what is really on tap after I finish book three?
My #1 goal is to finish and submit the novel that is currently 95% done. I think the timing is perfect for that one, and I know Fire in the Woods fans will just love it.
I have one more publisher project that I will probably have to work on soon after that is done.
Then the next project after that will be the Adult Science Fiction Horror that is in first draft form.
Why that one?
Well, for one thing, it is one of the later things I’ve written, so I hope it is in the best shape. Also, I think it is wildly original. The idea still makes me want to read it.
After that is done, yes, I will probably start something new, because I don’t like to do that much editing back to back. I prefer to switch things off once in a while.
The best-plans are meant to be broken
I’m smiling as I write this. Plans are made to be broken. Especially in publishing. Because all that would have to happen to completely blow this plan out of the water would be for one more title to get published. (Which, of course, would be great.)
Come to think of it, I really HOPE that my plans get ruined again this year.
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