I just finished putting down the last words of the first draft of my Four Corners sequel, Two Worlds! I feel both elated and drained, usually a similar feeling that I get when I finish a race. Though it’s like I’ve run a marathon and then have to run back the way I came, and to it all over again, probably a few times.

I feel like I’ve gotten better at self-editing, but then that usually mean I create even more work for myself to do. I’m at around 60,000 words right now and expect to add about 5,000 or so more through the first few passes through to close loopholes and expand where needed. Then it’s off to begging my wonderful friends and family (take this as your official heads up wonderful friends and family) to give it a read through before I pass it along to an editor. I loved the one I found through a friend (never underestimate the power of your network!) for Four Corners and I hope she’s up to the task again. Then probably another round or two of edits until it’s hopefully read for someone to consider printing it. Though there is still a lot of work and some waiting until it gets to that point FC took close to 5 years in all, hopefully this will only be one or two.

Now I am left to debate what’s next.

I already started book three called One Earth and have been thinking about where I want the story to go, but I find myself being tugged harder and harder into another direction. Towards the end of Two Worlds, and before my mishap into trilogy-land, I began asking myself this very “what’s next” question. That got me thinking about the next series I want to do and quite frankly got me very excited about it. I’m planning on switching gears a bit to middle school fiction and to another interest of mine, history. I have the general story, character names, and a website already set up for it, I just need to figure out what my game plan is going to be.

Part of me feels like I should continue with FC and write the 3rd book immediately, and there are probably some pretty good arguments for that, namely it will probably be easier when I am already immersed in that world to keep going with it. But my brain is also half distracted with the potential of this other story. All the while Two Worlds is still going to be taking up quite a bit of my time.

Maybe instead of starting either one, I should take a break and figure out how to add more hours to the day or at the very least how to clone or double myself.

I’ll keep you posted on what avenue I decide to take…

 


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