The Marathon



My relative silence these last couple of weeks is corollary to my productivity. The writers out there know how important it is to establish a regular writing routine, and that’s exactly what I’ve been trying to accomplish.

It hasn’t been easy. Imagine you’re running a marathon, and you haven’t trained for weeks. Worse, you haven’t stretched your legs or done anything to warm up. That’s what it’s been like for me. These last couple of weeks have taught me an important lesson: all the planning in the world cannot substitute for actual writing.

Book 3 is in progress, but like with every other project I’ve ever started, it’s taking me a while to find my footing. Scenes that I thought were in order have revealed themselves not to be. I typically write chronologically, or try to, so these sudden revelations have thrown me out of my groove. If you recall, I had similar issues with TLM’s first draft, and that required substantial restructuring. I hope to avoid such delays this time around, but at the end of the day, I must go where the story takes me.

I’ve sought advice from several fellow authors in the last several weeks regarding Book 3’s plot. They know who they are, and know I am grateful. I won’t go into details for obvious, spoilery reasons, but let’s just say that I think I’ve found the right direction to take. I’m not 100% sold on it, but for now it’s the one that feels right, so I’m going to see where it leads. I suspect that once this is finished, there will be a lot of excess content cut out of the final draft. So it goes.

That’s about all for now. I am working on the book, albeit slowly–but then again, it always does. Thanks, as always, for your patience. I hope you’re all still here when it’s finally finished.