Just in time for my monthly update something terrible happened. While January was all about revisions February was all about finishing the first draft of my sixth novel and last week after finally hitting 70K I realized that there was just way too much story left to fit it all in a trilogy. At first I wanted to cry. I’ve been looking forward to finishing this series since the day I started it, not because I don’t enjoy writing it, but because I have a plan. A very thorough, very detailed, non-flexible timeline consisting of all of my writing projects for the next few years. Okay five. Now, I know this little admission might have a few of you questioning my sanity but what can I say? Planning works for me and so does being obsessive. I treat writing as a marathon, alternating between sprinting and coasting and that is how I finish. But when another novel suddenly pops up out of the ether I’m forced to sprint just to make room, which usually brings me dangerously close to burn-out, something I’ve experienced twice before and still dread. So even though I’m working on rearranging a few things I’m still stubborn. I know this. So in an effort to accomplish everything I’d hoped to this year I’m planning on starting three new novels in the month of April. And I know it’s not possible. I know I’m being ridiculous. But at this point I’m just not mentally capable of making the changes I need to. At least not yet. But maybe the anxiety-induced headaches this spring will be enough to force me into those changes when the time comes.
That being said, I can say with the utmost confidence that I’ve finally gotten over the hurdle of the holidays and have sunk into a routine that is allowing me to be more productive than I’ve ever been. Book 4 is still awaiting its final copy edit and after making such great headway on the other books in the series there’s also a few things I’m going to go back and change for consistency purposes, which is the very reason why I decided to wait to publish the first book until the series as a whole was closer to completion.
Book 5, the sequel, will undergo it’s third round of revisions next week before I send it off to a few beta readers.
The first draft of book 6 will be officially complete tomorrow!
And my 7th novel, which is contemporary New Adult, is still coming along on the weekends and should reach 40K by the end of the month.
As for the brand new FOURTH and FINAL book in the YA series I’m currently working on, I don’t plan on starting that until next month along with the two other novels I’d originally planned on. So either this month will be super-productive and ultimately launch me into record breaking territory or it will kill me. Hopefully it’s the former.