Today I finished the first draft of my second novel. I wrote the first three chapters some time around the beginning of February, but only started really working on it about halfway through that month. So I’ve written it in more or less six weeks. Which is great, considering it’s come out at just under 76000 words. Already a decent length, and a lot of stuff will get added in during the editing stage. But that’s ok. After all, that’s what the editing stage is for. Editing.
I’m writing about this as a way of seeing if I can actually get it to sink in yet. I started planning this story on 1st January this year and to have the first draft done within three months is just fantastic. What’s also fantastic is that I know I can work faster. And the best thing is that, while that is set aside, I already have an idea for a related novella and another full length novel (completely unrelated).
I have decided to set this draft aside for at least two weeks which gives me a chance to have a go at writing a first draft of the novella (already planned out) and planning out the novel. If I am disciplined I will be able to hop-scotch my work, constantly working on one thing while something else is stewing in the planning or set-aside phases. Or, as in this case, both.
I am somewhat confused about where my writing career is heading, in terms of which genre I want to write in. I decided that I’m going to stay away from erotica, on the grounds that I cannot see how writing erotica and YA is going to endear me to the parents of my YA readers. So the next book on my writing list is the one that leapt into my head a few days ago and refused to go away – a paranormal romance.
Yeah, yeah, I know. Everyone’s doing it, blah blah blah. Well, this one doesn’t have vampires or werewolves in it. Yep, that’s right. Not a single shapeshifting animal in sight. Of course, that’s at this stage where it’s only very vaguely plotted (one page in a notebook style). But the main characters are very definitely one shape creatures.
Which may be why I’m intending to write my previously plotted paranormal novella involving two shapeshifters at the same time as I plan out the shapeshifter-free story mentioned above. That way I get to have all my jollies without disrupting the general paranormal romantic flow. Neat, huh?
Neither of these exactly tie in with my first book (adult dystopian sci-fi) or my second (YA paranormal/high fantasy). But I am excited about writing them, so I’m happy. Since I have neither publisher nor fans screaming for my next book in any particular genre, it really doesn’t matter what I write at the moment. I have to admit, this is one reason I am keen to go independent rather than traditional. I wouldn’t have to worry about my publisher nixing my next book on the basis that it isn’t similar enough to my previously published work.
And yes, I know, I’m getting ahead of myself, assuming I’m going to be that successful. Actually I’m not assuming anything. I’m being honest. I would love to be that successful. And a girl can dream, right?