Working on Book Two

I’m really excited to be in the throes of my third NaNoWriMo! Here we are on day 5, and my word count is 10,291.

Back when I was planning out my 2017, I had intended to do NaNo this year, in order to write book 2 of my contemporary fantasy series. I wanted to finish revising book 1, Patterns in the Void, and publish it this summer. Life got in the way. So I decided, during the summer, that I would publish it this fall instead. It meant that I wouldn’t have time to do NaNo, but I was okay with that. I thought.

Then in September I was doing the StorySeller’s BootCamp with the awesome folks at Sterling & Stone (which was fantastic, by the way), and had a super aha! moment. They said that if you’re writing a multi-book series, it is ideal to wait and publish once you have either all of them or most of them written. That way you can keep the readers’ interest, as they won’t have to wait as long between books, and you can use the earlier books to promote and sell the later ones, and so forth.

So, I changed plans – and discovered that I was really very super psyched that I could do NaNo this year after all!

The book is going well so far. I am what Shan called a “discovery writer” (love that term!) – which is somewhere between a pantser and a plotter. So far, I’ve done less planning than I’d wanted, and I’m kind of just taking it scene by scene. Though I do have a bunch of notes about what I expect will happen. Still, I’d like to do a bit more planning within the next couple of days. Regardless of that, the words are flowing and the characters are figuring out what they’re up to, so that’s a good thing.

Looking at some of my other goals, I’ve still been working on most of the non-writing, business-related stuff. Like:

  • participating in my In Arms Coaching program
  • participating in the PFCC (a group accountability program around personal finances and upgrading our prosperity)
  • creating and promoting podcasts and workshops
  • keeping up with my guest blogging commitments
  • exercising regularly
  • stopped eating refined sugar (I take a break from it every year at this time)
  • continuing to weave my spirituality into my daily life
  • and as mentioned above, brainstorming ideas for my new novel.

That’s my update. I hope your words are flowing and you’re enjoying the writing process!



Filed under ROW 80

2 Responses to Working on Book Two

  1. Chris Loehmer Kincaid

    Glad to hear you are doing NaNo this year. Yeah!
    Me? I just finished writing my latest novel two weeks ago and knew I was in no shape to start another. I like the idea of writing the books in a series one after the other, but I have yet to start any sort of series. Mine are all stand-alones.
    Best wishes with your latest WIP.

  2. Being another “discovery writer” myself, I definitely get the joys (and aggravations) of that title… Sounds like you’re in a perfect place to enjoy both. And yeah, as a huge fan of series reading–being able to reduce wait time between volumes is key (imho). Maybe it’s because we have the ability to catch up on whole seasons or series of books these days without having to wait in between… not sure why, but, I find if I cannot catch several books at once in a series, I’m not likely to actually finish reading them at all. So many things out there and just so much of me to devote to them…

    Sorry, was just a thought from the POV of an obsessive reader of serials, in case it might help

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *