Rainy summer day…

Gee, I’m really sorry I haven’t been around much lately! Who’d have thought that summer would find me busier than during the school year? 

Work is finally slowing down (knock on wood!), so hopefully, I will be back to my normal hours and not so much extra within the next week or so. I’ve stuck to my 3-hour days the past two days, and today got lots of work done on the plot of my next Venus book. Yay! I’m really excited. 

I was having a hard time with it at first. I had no clue that writing the second book of a trilogy (I’ve never written a continuing series before) would be more difficult than plucking a new book out of thin air…but it is! There’s a fine line, I think, between what to say about the continuing characters (or character, in this case), against what you already said in the first book. You want people who read the first book not to be bored by repetition in the second book, but you also want people who may not have read the first book to be able to pick up the second and not be totally lost, right? 

I also decided with this second book to really make a concerted effort to work as many of the plotting bugs out of it before I started as I could. As I mentioned in a past blog, I tend to hit the 3/4 point of a book and then slam into an imaginary wall where I don’t know what to do or where the book is going. So, I decided to try, with this book, to see if I could avoid that by spending more time plotting out the book, step by step, chapter by chapter, scene by scene, and actually putting the thought into it NOW, that I normally wouldn’t put into it until most of the book is written. 

I feel like maybe it will work. I’ve only written about 7 actual pages of the book, but I have worked out soooo many bugs and so much of the back story, especially in the last week, that I’m feeling like it will just fly once I get going. 

Let’s hope so!!