Jul 272016
 

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  1. let me know when you plan to kill me…(again).

    • I’m afraid there are a few more books in the queue before I get back to the Amber Payne series. Publishing contracts tend to take priority. But you know I’ll get back as soon as I can. After all, how can I resist finding new ways to kill you off… (again)? :)

  2. […]  So again, if you haven’t sign up for my new release mailing list, please consider doing so here.  I always make my first announcements and cover reveals there, before anyone else gets to see […]

  3. How do you manage to have so many projects in the fire at one time? Do you keep to a writing schedule? I’m finding that a couple of full hours of deep concentration and I am done writing for the day. I am so proud of your accomplishments. Wanda Dionne

    • Thanks Wanda. That means a lot, coming from you. You were one of the first people at the Woodlands Writers Guild who helped and encouraged me in my writing.

      As for how I manage keeping various projects at once, maybe it’s ADD? LOL

      But seriously, I’ve found I seem to have little choice in the matter now. In trying to boost my writing to “the next level” I sold a couple of series to a small press. The first (The Chucklers series), is going to be a trilogy, and in order to get the publisher to take it on, I agreed to do a second series for them (the End Point Pangaea series) that will be at least two books, and likely more. In addition, I have a few series of my own that I have people patiently waiting for, so I have to keep them going, as well.

      That means I usually have at least three different WIPs of varying lengths, in various states of writing, at any given time. For example, I’m currently working on the first book of the End Point Pangaea series, working on edits for Year 12 (the sequel to my first novel, Half Past Midnight), and writing a companion novella to HPM called Crazy Larry. I have a line of titles planned, waiting in the wings, so to speak, either on the two series sold to the publisher, or in one of my own “universes”. So as soon as one of the current titles is completed, I just move the next title on my list into the “active” queue.

      Since most of what I’ve got planned now is part of one series or another, it’s relatively easy to decide what needs to be next in the lineup. For example, as soon as the first book of the EPP series goes to the editors, I’ll likely open up the next novel in the Amber Payne series. I’ve already got the first couple of chapters written, and have a pretty good idea of where the plot is going, and I have some fans (that still sounds so strange – LOL) who really want to see it written.

      And, at some point while I’m writing that one, I’ll receive edits back from the publisher on the EPP book, and will have to switch gears back to it. And as the next title is completed, I’ll move the next Chucklers book into the active lineup. And I’ll just keep rotating in the next title in whatever series needs my attention next.

      So basically, I write on whatever my top priority WIP is until I hit a wall, or until something else comes at me, screaming for my attention. Then I switch priorities however I need to, for as long as it takes to address whatever problem has pulled me away. Once the issue is resolved, I switch back to the main WIP. This way, I always have a few things going.

      As for a schedule, it’s very informal. Like a lot of other “full time” authors, I found pretty quickly that writing from home doesn’t really allow me to keep a regular schedule. I try to write for at least two or three hours in the morning, then address whatever needs to be done around the house, and then get back to writing for a few hours more. Usually, I end up breaking at four to feed the dogs, and do whatever else I need to do around the house. So I guess, all told, I get four to six hours of writing done on a good day.

      Like you said, that can be taxing, in and of itself. But I also find that research, and trying to follow marketing trends, and all the other “extras” that go with a writing “career” can easily keep me busy for the other hours of the day, and in a strange way, help keep me from burning out. I like the research, so it doesn’t feel like work. As a matter of fact, I often have to pull myself back from doing more research than is necessary for my story. More times than I care to admit, I’ve found myself aimlessly wandering down the research rabbit holes, jumping from one related topic to another, just to better understand how something or other in my stories would work in real life.

      Speaking of getting carried away, I suppose I should wrap up this long-winded response to a simple question and get back to writing. ;-) But thanks for dropping in and leaving a comment. I often feel like I’m talking to myself with this blog. It’s good to know that there are a few people who read it.

      But for now, stay safe, Wanda. :bye:

  4. […] I did manage to shoot out a quick cover reveal of the Y12 cover today.  If you’re on the mailing list, you should already have it in your mailbox.  If you aren’t, well, first of all, why […]

  5. […] And speaking of Year 12, I let those of you on my mailing list get a sneak peek at the cover a couple of weeks ago.  For those of you who aren’t on the […]

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