Editing, Fiction, My Books, Novel, Writing

Oh look, I’m alive!

A friend emailed me yesterday to ask if I was still alive. Because he doesn’t follow me on social media, and I’ve done a woeful job of responding to email for the last couple of months, from his viewpoint, I did disappear.

Actually, I’ve narrowed my interaction through social media too. You may have noticed my sporadic blogging. I have to remind myself even to update my Facebook status. Apparently, I find it hard to write fiction and non-fiction simultaneously. In other words, I can’t think/write and “talk” at the same time.

Now, as you may know, I’m editing that fiction, so I’m still in my own little world. The editing is going well, but my story’s world is not always a happy place. I sink deep into my main character’s head and when she’s angry or depressed that tends to become my mood too. According to my husband, I’ve not been pleasant to live with, lately. (That’s my excuse, at least.)

Writing a sequel is harder than I expected. I had most of the characters already developed, but that’s also limiting. Several times, I’ve wished I could change something I wrote in The Brevity of Roses because it didn’t work with what I wanted to write in the sequel. If I were to write another book I believed deserved a sequel, I’d write a synopsis of the sequel while I wrote the prequel.

That said, I don’t plan to write any more sequels, and definitely not a series. (Did I just jinx myself?) I don’t know what I’ll write next. Oh, I have my first novel that I still think about revising, and I have the beginnings and notes on another novel and two novellas, but I don’t, yet, feel any of those will be next.

Are novelists supposed to have several books, outlined and synopsized, in the queue at all times? If so, I’m off-track again.

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18 thoughts on “Oh look, I’m alive!”

  1. I’ll just echo what everyone else has said about doing whatever it is that feels right for you.

    My WIP is a continuation of Just Desserts: Greed. Lust. Death. Tiramisu. and I, too, have found some things in JD that don’t quite ‘fit’ with my current work. Since JD is only available as an e-book, I think I’ll probably pull it, make those minor changes so the two work together better, and then put it back online.

    I do have a bunch of things I’m eager to work on next, so I’m looking forward to finishing this puppy and getting it out. I’m finding revising and editing to be going really sloooooowly, though.

    Looking forward to your sequel!


    1. You mean keep doing what I’ve been doing, Natasha? 😉

      So, if you make those changes to JD, won’t you have to publish and copyright it as a second edition? I would like to reformat Brevity to reduce the page count, so I can reduce the price, but—as I understand it—then I’d have to copyright that as a second edition.

      Even though I don’t know what I’m working on next, I’m anxious to get this sequel published and move on, so the process seems to be going slow to me too.

      Good luck on your “puppy”. 🙂


  2. Hmmm, I’ll have to look and see what Amazon and B&N have to say about it, but I don’t think it’s a big deal. I’m talking about changing a couple of sentences, not major rewrites or revisions. And weren’t we talking about breaking rules, anyway?


    1. Oh, a couple of sentences. No, I’m sure you wouldn’t consider that a second edition. I changed a few typos and even changed the cover after I published Brevity, but I didn’t call it a second edition. 🙂


  3. Well Linda, don’t worry about it. All your writerly friends understand what is going on. When you finally have a project worth doing, the social media stuff is not a priority, but a distraction. I’m impressed that you keep up with it at all. As for me, the social media stuff is all I have because I haven’t made that break through. Thanks for being such a great example. I find it encouraging to see another writer moving forward even if it means that she is breaking away from the social media pack. Someday I hope to have a project like that.


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