So I’ve been writing the sequel to Broken Crown for the last few weeks. Ok, months. I’ve been working on it for months. I thought it would be easier. Note I didn’t say easy, I said easier. I know writing is difficult. You’ll critique your own work, hate and love it all at the same time. You’ll think your characters are stupid, and then go back to how awesome they really are. Sequels are no different.
I’m doing a sort of experiment with Wattpad at the moment. I’m literaly uploading the first draft. Which means that in a few weeks, those first few chapters will change dramatically. They already have, I just haven’t uploaded them.
Why am I doing this? Well, partly so I can see how much it changes and the reactions from the readers, and partly so those that are reading my stories on there realize that the first draft of anything is normally terrible. Ok, so maybe not terrible. But it definetly changes the more you wrte and revise.
It also helps keep me in check. I upload once a week, which means I have to have a chapter ready. So I have to write every single week. Not every day, because lets be real, I have other obligations, like laundry and food. But, if I can carve out enough time every week to put some words down, I’m that much closer to finishing the first draft.
Do y’all have a way that helps you complete your novel? Like I said, this is my second one, so I know I can do it. But that one took 18 months, and I would really like it if I can complete this one before 2018!!
Alright, I need to go. I need to write. And eat. Probably not in that order!
I’m going to release Broken Crown on Amazon on September 5th. Why? Well, I don’t know about you, but I have to have a deadline. If I keep telling myself I’ll do it when I’m done with everything, I’ll never get done. I have a job, a husband, a life. Things will always come up. So, I set a deadline. There are still a lot of things I have to do to get there.
I still have to actually convert my book to an eBook. I’m not very computer literate, so it’s proving to be a challenge. I also am still trying to get the hang of the whole social media aspect. I have to promote myself, which is actually a pain. I don’t want just any followers. I want people who will be in love with the story. And since it’s not out there yet, I have to guess at who that would be.
I also still need to get my author page looking like an author page. One that looks legit.
All in all though, I think it will go fine. I could probably just upload it, hit publish, and see what happens. I mean, I’m sure others have done just fine with that. But I really want this to work. I really want this to lead to an actual career as an author. So, i’m going to give it every fighting chance I can.
I told you last week that I was back, and I really meant it. I had posts lined up, exciting things to tell you, and it was going to be awesome.
And then my dog died.
I cried for three days. We had her for nine years and she was sweet, and loving, and our girl. But, she was sick. Very sick. She wasn’t going to get better and she was in pain. I couldn’t do it anymore. So, we went to the same vet she’s always gone to and they helped us. She’s buried in the backyard, under a tree. I still think I have to let her out, give her a treat, and all the other things we’ve done the last nine years.
The silver lining in the whole thing was a few days later when I checked the mail. The vet sent us a condolence card telling us that she was sorry.
That’s why we go to them. Not just because they are the best, but because they actually care, about our pets and us.
Tomorrow I will go back to regular posting, telling you about self publishing, wattpad, and the crazy songs I’m listening to right now as I write. Until then,