May 24th, 2011
Manic Stage of Development

I have finally started working on the new book. It is at the manic stage of development. I’m still researching a few things, but the plot of the book is together. Yesterday I wrote out several scenes that need to be in the book and realized there are a few things missing. Fortunately, I don’t think figuring out what they are will be a problem. Like I said, I now know my plot. And for the first time EVER, I also know how the series will end. I’ve never been one of those writers who knows a lot about upcoming stories. This is the first time where the final book in a series fell into place. I still have to figure out what would happen in the other books. There would be a total of six if all goes well. Right now I only know what’s supposed to happen in the first and sixth book. I’m sure the rest will come to me, since I have a pretty good idea who the next heroine will be.

I did realize that my ambitious writing schedule for the rest of the year is a little too ambitious. There’s no way I’ll be able to get all the books finished that I wanted to write this year. That said, it still looks like I’ll get a few done, which will make this a fairly successful writing year over all. I don’t expect this book to take three months to write, but that’s what I’ve penciled in just to give myself wiggle room. Once I finish it, I’m going to start on the next project, which will probably be a follow up to my Blood Lite 2 ghoul story. I have some ideas for what will happen in that book and I have an opening, so I’m hoping more will come to me once (or while) I’m writing the UF romance. If not, I’ll write a few of the shorter pieces I have planned, which includes a Dead World spin off, a Phantom Warrior novella, and the final book in the Lords of the Night series. I also have 2 middle grade books I’d like to write and one YA. I’m going to try to balance editing with writing the rest of the year. Thus far I’ve done a piss poor job of it. I tend to dive into editing, spending months at a time going through book after book. That’s great for getting a bunch of stuff done. Not so great for the creativity. In fact, it’s kind of like stomping on it.

What does this all mean? It means I’ll probably not blog as often because the book needs all the words I can give it. I will stop by from time to time to publish a post. I’ve been wanting to do a series of entries about developing characters. The hero that I’m writing is the inspiration behind the entries because he’s loyal like the people in Ukrainian mob towns, kills with the proficiency of a trained sniper, and believes that every one of his actions are justified. He’s also crazy about animals. As soon as I get the entry written up, I’ll post it. But for now, I desperately need coffee.

10 comments to “Manic Stage of Development”

  1. A six book series is definitely ambitious. Will you try to sell the series first?

  2. Bernard, Yes, I’m going to try to sell the first book first. If need be, I can make it a four book series. Who knows? These days they may not want to buy a series.

  3. Sounds like you have a terrific plan. Hope you have plenty of coffee!

  4. Charli, Yep, got the coffee. Always have plenty on hand. 😉

  5. Great plan J!

    I’ve always admired that about you, setting goals and striving for them.

    I feel like I’m running around with my head cut off most of the time.

    Except I do have a plan for the rest of this year.

    And can’t wait to begin!!

  6. Thanks V! I appreciate the admiration, but I’m really not good at setting goals. I think that’s why it’s such a mad dash to get a bunch of stuff written before the end of the year. *ggg

    I just know I cannot have another year where very little writing gets done. It’s not way to build a career.

  7. Man, I wish I could plan like that. Okay, I can plan like that, but then I lose all interest in the plan. LOL
    Very ambitious, and I’ll be here to cheer you on!

  8. Sasha, LOL! You’re too funny.

    Thank you!

  9. Sounds like a plan. Wishing you all the best with it. Of course that’s not because I’m looking forward to new stuff from you :))

    BTW, you’ve been tagged! 😉 See my blog for details. Playing is optional, of course, don’t feel obligated.

  10. Sherri, No, of course not. *ggg

    I’ll definitely check out the tag.