What is it about being sickly that makes me want to write stuff? Or maybe it’s a case of wanting to write bringing up the sickly bug…
Ha, I’ve barely started this post and I digress. I shouldn’t be allowed near a computer when I’m sick or tired. Really. I typed strange things that make perfect sense … at 2am.
It’s been six months since Dark One’s Mistress was published. Can you believe it? I can’t. That fact actually stunned me just yesterday when I got an email asking me when book two would be out. (The answer is: I don’t know, I’m still writing it. On another note: is that classed as fan mail?)
And that lead me to wondering just what happened there. See, I also wrote a good chunk of the sequel back in November 2013. In fact, I wrote 50,000 words in that month whilst fighting the flu.
Well, in short, that writer got swallowed up by real life and editing for two other novels. Then drowned in adding a ton to the latter half of a certain four book saga.
Let’s start off by saying that I’m not a fast writer.
No. That’s a lie. I can be IF I forsake other things; family, eating, sleeping.
When plotting, I can hop from one story to the other quicker than you can blink. That’s why I have so many WiPs and very few novels.
In my head, I’ve written the stories a dozen times. My characters have said, back-pedalled and rephrased a hundred conversations. There have been deaths, rebirths and dramatic saves. I’ve had breakups happen before I could even write the couple being together. I’ve mentally thrown them into situations that don’t make sense, situations that would never happen in a million years, and I’ve added stuff that should work, yet doesn’t.
The sequel I speak of, Dark One’s Wife, was first thought of a year ago (such a baby story). It got split in half and stayed in its train-wrecked state for months whilst I worked on other things. I think it’s time I started work on the first half, now known as Dark One’s Bride. I’ve the better part of 37,000 words to plough through, a possible scrapping of one chapter entirely, and who knows how many will get added along the way (two more chapters certainly).
4 thoughts on “The great rewrite of 2014…”
Turns out, I write really fast… I revise on par with a snail. I think it's good to figure yourself out and go with that. I've railed against my process–I've sworn that THIS time, I'll really “do it right”–but it just doesn't help. I am the writer I am. Good luck, and I hope you feel better soon.
I say it totally counts as fan mail.
Do you think it'll be DOM, DOB, DOW, and then Dark One's Old Maid?
Oh yeah, I tried writing fast. But really … it just made more work for me in the long run.
Can't say I haven't considered continuing beyond DOW. Not sure if I really want to go there. I think … I think it would have a very sombre tone.