Wow, have I really written three books since May, when I started? Sure, one is under another pen name, but still. Not to mention the three more on the go...
I think that's the most interesting thing about being an author, is how time passes and we don't always notice. I'm over halfway through the first draft of the third Forest Guardians book already. I only started it at the very end of October. I've been so immersed in it that I forgot to blog! My bad.
There is a bit of fatigue when one book is finished and gets published. I know I've talked about it before. I've been on that incredible journey with my characters and now the journey is over. However, there's a similar point in the middle of the books where I feel tired, too. It's somewhere between 40 000 and 60 000 words of the first draft. It's happened with every book so far.
It's at this point that I've got the main scenes and ideas written already, and now I'm adding in the additional fun scenes, or the scenes that help the story along in some way. It's the Fun and Games, as we can call it, that add depth to the story.
I'm there now with Book 3. My books seldom get titled until near the end of the final draft. The big stuff has happened, so now I get to write whatever scenes I want. It can be a lot of fun. What does Aili want to do next? What magic will she discover? Will she get into trouble? Sometimes I wonder just what the heck I'm going to write. That's easy, I write whatever scenes I want to read.
Since I write almost every single day, the days blend into each other. I know it's time for a day to rest and recharge when I feel that tired feeling creeping up. Over the last week I've had some incredibly productive writing days, and now I feel that fatigue. Tomorrow is my day off anyways, and I'm looking forward to it. I did get some inspiration for writing today's scene. Once that's done, I'm resting. Rest is as important as action. That's why I include rest for Aili and her friends in my books.
So, how do you fit your writing schedule into your life? Are you a daily writer, or grabbing moments between work shifts or child care? What works for you?
I’ve been writing stories for myself for years. Now, I’m a published author. No genre is off limits, though I have some favorites.