It’s away!

My past two weeks have been pretty busy — end of summer, kids went back to school, etc. And, of course, I finished my book’s revision. It is now in my editor’s hands and on her Kindle, so, it’s time for me to put Book One away for a month.

In the meantime, I’m going to:

  1. Take a break.
  2. Look at Book Two
  3. Rip Book Two’s guts out
  4. Create a timeline outline for BK2, then a per-character outline. And make them detailed.

The over-arching plot arcs won’t change — they can’t (certain things happen in Norse myth; those are my signposts). But, there are plenty of other changes to make thanks to this year-long rewrite process.

I first completed BK1 in September 2015. That version was ~145K words. This rewrite (just submitted) clocked in at a cool ~186K words. As I mentioned in a previous post, I’d guess that most of those original ~145K words were rewritten.

So, as I move into revising BK2, my plan is to make it — at most 90-100K words. There are several reasons behind that, but I want it shorter b/c it may be easier to produce.

Writing short can be harder than writing long, but if I break the existing BK2 up into sensible time groupings, then I limit the narrative arc for each book. And that means that what I’m calling BK2 now will eventually be Books 2 thru N.

Ultimately, I want to publish BK2 within one year of BK1’s publication, sooner, if possible. I’d like to ramp up to producing two books per year, but I need to change my process (2K to 10K, better outlining, etc.).

But that’s all for later in the week. For now, at least, there’s some rest for the wicked!

 

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Yes, that bird’s a crow, not a raven.

mattbishopwrites

Fantasy author writing a series inspired by Norse myth.

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