Still Under Construction!
Work is continuing on two books as part of what is now a series of at least five.
Book One is racing along nicely, nearly 47,000 words. It’s really amazing to me how I got here.
I was about 15,000 words (useable words not just the mad scribbles) into the Book One, when a blast of inspiration came along and changed the trajectory of the first by planting a seed for the second.
This blast of inspiration was detonated by conversation with a published author friend of mine in 2018. She said that her publisher had wanted to see the next two books in her series.
I had given some limited thought to the series, however in my naivety, I hadn’t even thought that I could possibly be asked to come along with a second manuscript, in my hand and ready to rock and roll, rather than relaxing and basking in the imagined glory of the acceptance of the magnificent first submission.
This realisation spurred me into action, with my thinking hat firmly on, I got to work on outlines; and I couldn’t believe what came out onto the pages.
An evening past, and 4,000 words had dropped out for Book Two; and the bare bones of at least five other books had also been created from the scribbled notes, rough mind maps and typed fragments.
These outlines have had some fleshing out in the intervening period, but the core thread seems to have held up. The flow from book to book is good. Still getting adjustment, but the skeleton which was so hastily constructed has remained surprisingly strong.
That’s correct, thats not a typo above, there are five books at least in this series so far, and at least another two or three more than possible. That’s the bones of eight novels.
At my current pace of writing, with the extremely limited time I have, I guestimate, oh…about a lifetime?
Well maybe slightly less, about 6 to 7 years of part time writing. The raw math would say a minimum of 720,000 words, over 8 novels. That is actually just 394 words a day for five years. However, let’s not deal in fictions here, while writing fiction.
There is enough material there, while being confined to writing part time, to keep one busy for a decade and a half, or so. See y’all in 2035!
When writing, I feel this not sure about anyone else, the bolt of inspiration can strike you like an unseen bus.
The idea slams into you and floods the mind.
I find the story can paint itself so vividly and so rapidly that you have to go and scribble it down. Even it is just a single scene that has revealed itself. I have often said that a friend of mine told me never to throw away another word I had written until I at least re-wrote it. So re-write and re-write I did!
I was at a point with a bit chunk of Book One written, when it became startlingly clear that key details in the opening premise were not correct. They just didn’t fit right. I have found away around the impasse, however it did take the creation of the rough trajectory of the next two books of the entire series for it to work. Backstory, and future proofing, all came together.
Scrivener is the tool I am using and I find its binder system to be something exceptional. It really does allow one to take an overview of the whole story, you can write in the chunks that flood in and you can store the research very handily. The split screen feature is brilliant. Where you need to re-read a section which in influencing the part you are currently writing, then it is just there at right where you need it. No printing reams of paper drafts.
Scrivener, caring for the environment and your mental health!
So that’s the story so far, I hope that you’ll join me along the road as the Storm Series comes to life.