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This month, I'm participating in Camp NaNoWriMo. My main goal is to write at least 50,000 words in Reforged, Book Two of The Fate Challenges. Ideally, I'll have the entire book written this month, if I can keep up writing a chapter a day and doubling up on days off from the day job. That's a big IF and one I'm already failing at. *sighs*
I must admit I'm a little nervous about writing book two. This trilogy has been in my mind since 2006. I wrote the first draft of Reborn in 2009. I rewrote Reborn in November 2012 and finished up in April 2013. Now, I'm writing book two. In November I'll be writing book three, Redestined. To think in a few short months I'll have the entire trilogy written. A trilogy that I've spent seven years daydreaming about.
It's kinda scary. And exciting. And what if I completely screw the entire thing up?
If I keep to my schedule, I will be sending Reforged to beta readers and getting ready to edit Redestined when Reborn comes out next May. Besides my critique partners and beta readers' reactions and perhaps a few early reviews, I won't even know how people will receive Reborn. True, I think it's awesome, but I don't count. Would I have wasted a bunch of time on books two and three, if no one likes book one? Plus, I'll be working on the companion trilogy (The God Challenges, featuring the seventh and last Phoenix Prophetess), so there could be six books in the end that no one will like except me.
And yet, I still feel compelled to write them, even if I'm the only one who likes them. Apenth (God of Prophecy, Wisdom, Music from the trilogies) would likely curse me if I didn't write them. Heh. So, I will keep writing, even if it's just for me and a handful of others.
Have you written a book two or multiple books in a series? How did you overcome the doubts? Did you write the books before book one was published? Or after?
Fellow Untethered Realms author Graeme Ing recently interviewed me here. I'm talking about Foxwick, The Fate Challenges, Untethered Realms, and am revealing a secret about myself.
Also, Smashwords is once again having its Summer/Winter Sale. Through the end of July, you can purchase the ebook of Gravity: The Complete Trilogy and The Nightmare Collection for $1.50 using the coupon code: SSW50.
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