A long chain of events have kept me from my writing my second book. Not that I haven’t thought about many angles of what will happen next or in which direction I should go. This past week I have finally found the time from our move and my settling into our new home to edit what I have written. I was worried that taking so much time off from the project would destroy the whole thing. I find myself wondering if the great writers have delays in their works and how they handle them.
Being a new writer, my publisher told me that do what ever makes me comfortable. Reaching back many years into writing classes I tried outlining my train of thoughts. That just didn’t seem to work for me. Then I used post-a-notes to keep things straight. Now I print things out as I write them, make notes and edit. I supposed writing is like everything else in life. I make the bed differently from how others might but it’s still neat. I might mow the lawn differently but in the end the grass is still shorter.
But the one thing I have found out for me anyway, leaving the story for a while and then going back to it with a fresh eye, really gets my creative juices flowing. Isn’t that what it’s really all about? I do believe that what my publisher told me just might be the best advice I have ever received regarding writing. “Everyone writes differently and organizes differently. It’s all about what works for you and getting your words from your mind to the paper.”
I don’t think I will ever be a James Patterson or another famous writer that pumps out a book two or three times a year. My hope that I can improve with each book that I put to pen. Now that I have my feet wet I feel I can do this again only better. My manuscript I’m working on now is completely different from the first book. A thriller of sorts, not in any way what I would consider a romance. Reaching down into the depths of my brain as to what could happen and what scares me. How I would handle the problem if it was me trying to escape a madman.
Now with that said, I need to get back to getting the lady saved from the killer and nature.