So my plan was to make fiction. One novella and three novels. Follow the recipe. Eat the cake.
All sweetness. The sweetest ever.
Well, the writing had other plans.
Instead of coming up with one novella and three novels I had two novels and two separate collections of short stories.
And I also had this SCHEDULE I was trying to keep because I had goals/delusions of professionalism.
Well, I threw the holy schedule away.
Because the creative process does not stop. It is a flood. And the flood said, “You will come with me or else.”
Throughout the course of writing The Slaughter Chronicles I have learned so much about how to write a continuing story line and a lot about myself as a writer. My character Regina came into my head in 2014 and in 2016 I put her on the page for the first time. It’s 2019 now and even though YOU only have one tiny novella about her, I have all the stories, and putting them on paper has been a challenge and a joy.
So now instead of one novella and three novels and instead of two novels and two short story collections, I have two novellas, one novel, and two short story collections.
This is what happens when I try to write. I make a thing (novel no. 1) and I let it sit. And then I find the plot holes and fill them.
And then the writing tells me, “No, I want to be something else.” And when I try to fix it and can’t, I don’t write for 10 days and feel bad about myself.
But then I have an idea. And then another idea. And then the story finally becomes something I like (not that I didn’t like it before, it just wasn’t enough).
The novel I wrote was fine. But that was all. It was competent. But there was something about it that bored me. So I tried to change it. But that didn’t work.
I tried again, that also didn’t work.
Third time’s the charm in this case.
Never settle with your writing. Never, ever think just because your final draft is ‘done’ that you have to keep it when your gut tells you something is wrong or something needs to be added/taken away.
I am very lucky, I don’t need to publish books to pay my bills. I am only accountable to myself. I haven’t sold my work to anyone and no one is waiting to buy it. I can change my deadlines whenever I want.
And I have. Again.
So what does that mean?
How do I write?
What is the plan for the writing?
Firstly, there will be no more Slaughter Chronicles publications until next year. This is not a bad thing. I’m going to give you a better product than what I had planned, I promise.
Secondly, since I want a Halloween book baby so badly, I am going to publish a collection of short stories on October 31 this year. And next year. And the year after that. Check out the info on this project here :)
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