The new regime is in place and things are moving along nicely. Our new process is actually a lot more productive, as our meetings now start with a discussion period to address any shared world concerns, and then we jump right into a 30 minute or 1 hour writing session. The 1k1hr sessions have been really great, and we’ve been hitting our goals pretty consistently.
I’m still quite a ways behind Sid and James, which is a concern, as I’m writing the first book! Work is definitely eating into a lot more time than I had anticipated and I haven’t been able to do any writing outside of our weekly meeting. This is going to have to change if I’m going to hit my deadline. I thought I’d have more time available, but as always, life gets in the way. My commute time has doubled (and that’s on a good day), and I’ve discovered that household chores take a lot longer to do now that there’s just me doing them. I’m still getting adjusted to things, so I will get writing into the mix too.
We’re also working on our book synopses for the whole series, in anticipation of trying to market the books. I’ve got a whole lot of writing to get done in the next couple of months!
As far as my story goes, I’m doing some restructuring from my original outline. Instead of a prologue (which I’d already written), I’m breaking it up into the chapters as flashbacks where it’s relevant to the current scene. I’m doing some foreshadowing and setting up events that will eventually impact the entire story arc.
SID SAYS: The new way of doing things is definitely helping our process. We are much more productive during our weekly meetings. That said, I need to be more productive during the rest of the week. Synopses need to get fleshed out, and I want a working draft by June so I can get some feedback from Mickie and James, and hopefully a re-write completed before the conference date. We need good, workable drafts to pitch. I’m having characters for other books begin to pop into my brain, bringing me tidbits of information. The most vocal character is for a book waaay down the line (Book 11, Stranger’s Duet). She’s very insistent – which says a lot about her already, doesn’t it? Now with that bit of teaser, I’m signing off!
JAMES SAYS: The series is shaping up wonderfully. We’re all three putting a lot of effort into it and the results show in the work. Part of the reason for all this effort is the conference we’re planning to attend later in the year. I am finding that as I work on Book 3, I am developing more ideas for Book 6. And ideas for books 9 and 12 have started to appear. Since this is a growing series, this is proving to be a lot of fun for me. I have worked some characters into the story that are going to be major players in later books. At the moment, a minor character from Book 2 is filling an important role in Book 3. This will be one of the focal characters in Book 6, so I am really enjoying the opportunity to explore this character now before the time when I make this the main character of a future book.