I’ve had it on my calendar since this past April that on Oct. 1 I would start writing book 4 of the Sunken City Capers series to be released in early 2017. You know what they say about the best laid plans. Unfortunately, prepping three books for rapid release sucks up quite a bit of time. But on the plus side I got to do this:
hold all three books of mine at once! There was a great sense of accomplishment in that moment. I’ve dreamed of writing books most of my life, having loved to read my entire life. And seeing the product of those dreams in reality was quite a feeling.
The silver lining in the delay is that having to read and prep the first three books, makes the story ideas fresh for book 4. I’m going to back to final proofreads of book 1 and having “ah-ha!” moments that will filter into books 4, 5, and 6. Also, it’s not like I haven’t been thinking about book 4—try telling my brain not to tell stories to itself (not possible).
I decided to try something different for writing book 4: outline! The first three books were pantsed, meaning I wrote them without any idea where they were going. This makes the writing process a little slower, and editing and revision a horrid chore. Hopefully, working from an outline will speed up the writing process and reduce the amount of revision needed. We’ll see. I’ve already outlined the first 1/3-1/2 of book 4 and I’m excited to write it. But first, I need to finish prepping the first three books.
And, and, and The Solid-State Shuffle: Sunken City Capers Book 1 goes live next Tuesday, October 4. You can pre-order/order your copy here.