While book #1 sits waiting for me to finally get around to publishing it (so close… I am so close)… I have really needed to be working on book 2. I’ve made some progress, but honestly not a whole lot. Part of me really wanted to release book 1 first to how it did before putting a significant amount of time and work on book 2. I think part of me thought that if book 1 did amazing (still holding out hope) that I would be super motivated for book 2.
Really, though that is a horrible plan for a couple of different reasons.
- I need to write book 2 anyways. It’s a personal thing, otherwise it will never feel done.
- Every forum, blog, tweet I have read about writing and publishing says that there is no better marketing strategy than getting book 2 out and quickly. Within 3 months quickly.
So I am trying to force the motivation for book 2. Let me tell you. It’s not easy going. The task ahead seems a bit overwhelming. I am going to work off of an outline this time around so finishing that has become the first task. While I know what the plot arc will be, mapping out each of the individual scenes has proven to be more difficult than I expected. It is hard to get an overall picture of how each portion of a scene will work together or lead into one another when I can’t even see the whole picture yet. I keep running into areas where my first question is should this scene come before that scene… and so on and so forth.
Ideally, I would like to get the rough draft hammered out as quickly as possible. Learning from the first book, I realize now that a huge amount of effort goes into editing the first draft, not necessarily writing the first draft. So the quicker I can get that done, the better shape I will be in to make that 90 day deadline (that I may or may not actually meet).