It has been a crazy busy week. Last Thursday, I realised the draft I was writing wasn’t going anywhere. I was at 70,000 words with still no ending in sight. After a chat with some writer buddies and a reevaluation, I realised where I had gone wrong. I was trying to make the scope of Bloodlore too big! I have three books to fill, a full plot arc to follow, and too much of it was happening in the first book. Once that was figured out, I tore 20k from Bloodlore and threw it into Blightlore.
Why am I sharing this part of the process with you? Because for me it was a good lesson never to get discouraged when something isn’t working. It emphasised my most important writing philosophy: write first, edit later, because you can’t fix what’s not there. I don’t know if I could have worked on a better outline from the start of this project, but the mid-way point assessment has now allowed me to outline the entire trilogy, and I’m excited to keep going into the next books.
While moving that 20k gave me a headstart on book 2, it left me behind schedule for book 1. And then the dayjob shifted my schedule, taking away more drafting and revision days. What’s an author to do to stay on deadline? One option is to allow an extension of said deadline. Another option, perhaps the crazier of the two but by far the more fun and personally challenging, was to compress the drafting into the time I had left. Between Saturday and Tuesday, I wrote 37k and wrapped up a (very very very) rough draft of Bloodlore! I love the book. It’s fun, it’s gritty, and quite a few scenes made my skin crawl so much that revision should be interesting.
I also started talks with the cover artist for The Cadis Trilogy, Jeff Brown, and from what I’ve already seen, the end result is going to be AH-MAY-ZING!
As much as Bloodlore is coming along very well and I’m not able to give an idea of release date yet, I am hoping it will be in the first half of 2015. *dances*
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