Deadlines, family, hurricanes, end of summer…. I could keep the list going of the things that kept me from my daily blogging routine. Instead – I’m going to use it (’cause that’s what writers do with everything, isn’t it?) as my writing prompt for the day
What is something your character might/could forget that would cause a problem? A meeting? A birthday? A date? How does the forgetting change them or their situation?
Or… start a story with someone forgetting something important go from there. Do they not care at all? Are they terribly upset? Do they miss out on something important because of their mistake?
For my current heroine, she actually needs to forget something. She needs to forget to live her life by rigid lists. Do you have a character who would benefit from forgetting?
And in the mean time, I hope you remember everything you are supposed to today and this week!
I am SO excited to say that PEAK EXPERIENCE has been accepted by Ellora’s Cave. This is my older woman/younger man story which had its rough draft completed during Nanowrimo ’09. I am thrilled to have a new book coming from the publisher who released my first book. *And* I have been accepted to write as Rachel Kenley there, which is great since my other two books with them are as Rowan West.
So now I have two books contracted to two different publishers. I’ve gone from writing 500 words a day a few weeks ago to over 1,000 a day. Some days it’s slow, some easy, but it is thrilling and worth every moment of “AAHHH, what have I gotten myself into?!!”
Sometimes when your dreams come true, it takes a second to get past the overwhelmed feeling – doesn’t it?
I am working on one book I have under contract (yay!) and another that is part of a multi author series. The one under contract has an August 1st delivery date and needs to be a minimum of 50,000 words. The second, will be around 27,000 words and I had planned to turn it in by July 1st. This was before the other book was contracted.
So there I was, trying to find a balance to get both books done. And driving myself crazy in the process.
Worse, when I was honest with myself, I knew that if I tried to keep both of these deadlines, I was not going to turn my best work for either project. It’s been a challenge for me in the past for when Ihave a picture in my head of how things should go, and then it turns out to be improbable. It’s hard to let it go it, reorganize, and re-evaluate. But that’s what I did.
Now, my writing time is focused on the contracted book which will get in by the deadline (which will make my publisher happy) and I’ve set a new goal of submitting the shorter work by September 1st. Both books deserve my best efforts as do my editors and readers.
Sometimes it’s best to be honest with yourself on what you can – or can’t – accomplish and then replan accordingly.
Ever ben in a similar situation?