25 January 2014

Shut up and FOCUS

Today has been interesting. My mind has been racing with plot lines and supporting characters. I have fallen into the pit of overwhelming stories and supporting characters that demand to be their own protagonist when what I really need to be focusing on is one book at a time.

I'm working on Book 2 in the Netherworld series and I find myself suffering from writer's block. I happen to have the opinion that writer's block is just the manifestation of not knowing in which direction to take the plot. I have retreated to my outlines, which I have now decided that I do not like. There are so many things that can be added or changed that will positively impact the story and make it more interesting. But I'm stumbling over how to pull them off successfully.

I guess I'm exactly like my friend Candace claims: a perfectionist. My books need to be perfect or as perfect as I can make them. And it's not, therefore I must fix it. Now. My characters deserve more than just some slapped together plot line that takes the story where I need it to go in the series. I can still do that, but I have to make this story stand on it's own as well. Tricky stuff.

I can't do anything without it impacting the next five books in one way or another. I can modify some things, but nothing big. Luckily the story doesn't need a big overhaul. Just small tweeks and manipulations. But they're big enough to be a giant pain in the ass.

I'm finding that the best course of action is to not force it and leave it to the back of my mind to be pondered on later. And all of the additional stories that are begging to be acknowledged? Yeah, they'll just have to wait. Of course that's easier said than done. It's one of the many facets of being a writer, I suppose.

10 January 2014

Once Bitten

Happy New Year! It's hard to believe that 2013 is over and we've now moved on to 2014. Although 2013 mostly sucked, it's sad to say goodbye. 2014, on the other hand, is going to be a kick-ass year! I've already decided. And when I decide something, it happens. Usually.

My first piece of brilliant news for 2014 is that my first book finally has a title! Once Bitten will be released in May as long as I can stay on schedule. And so far, so good. I can thank my friend Amy for the title, since I never would've thought of it on my own. I must say, it fits the book perfectly. Thank you, Amy!

My next bit of news is that I have finished the fourth (?) or fifth (?) round of editing and am taking a small break while someone else edits my edits (tee-hee) so I can bring y'all a superior product. Maybe not superior, but at least one free from errors. Or as free from errors that I can possibly make it. I am also working on book 2 of the series and am almost half-way through the first draft. It'll definitely need a lot of TLC when it's completed, but it's coming along nicely.

The next few months will be a race to the finish line for me. I'll finish school and release my first book in May, both of which I'm excited about. Yup, 2014 is going to rock hard. And I'm looking forward to every minute of it.