Those of you who follow writers know those initials stand for Work In Progress. It means whatever piece you are currently writing. Some of you may realize I’m working on the fourth book in the Second Chances Series. This book is called ACT OF SURVIVAL. My hope was to bring this book out in September or October, about a year since the last one released.
That is not going to happen. I’ll be lucky to get it out by the end of December, still technically one year after the last one, which was ACT OF BETRAYAL, Book 3 in the series.
So, what’s taking me so long you may wonder. Well, I really rushed AOB, and had some technical screw-ups that had to be corrected before I could order new print books, which I’ve just done. I’ve spent a couple of months getting that done and have only been back to the WIP in the last couple of weeks. It’s flowing pretty well at just over 30 thousand words.
The problem I’m having is I’m more pantsing this story than plotting it, which has been my previous experience. Oh, I have some plans. I know who each of the main characters are, what the conflict is, and I actually know how this story will end. I could probably write one of the last scenes right now. But I write chronologically. This happens, and then this happens, and then this happens. 1,2,3 or A, B, C.
So while the computer is clicking along, my brain keeps jumping off into left field thinking about how warm it’s getting, the storms which may arrive tomorrow, whether my granddaughter will be able to dance at Mayfest tomorrow evening remembering the giant hail storm that swung through Mayfest in 1995, injuring lots of folks and destroying tons of trees, houses, automobiles, including my younger daughter’s new car she was supposed to take to college Oklahoma in the fall. She didn’t get that car until October. There were soooooo many cars with hail damage, we ended up getting it fixed in Wichita Falls, and still it took forever….
You see, my brain just runs off the rails.
Back to the WIP and writing the series. Each book takes place in a different location.
SECOND ACT, takes place in Fort worth. ACT OF TRUST, starts in Fort Worth and moves to Maine. ACT OF BETRAYAL is set in Dallas. The final book in the series, ACT OF SURVIVAL is set in Wichita Falls, where my husband, I, and our older daughter went to college at Midwestern University. We still have family there. It’s a town I know pretty well, but still we’ve made several trips to kind of nail down a few things.
I wonder if some of the problems I’m having with this one is that the book is the last in the series. One of my author friends swears she’ll never write another book after she finishes the one she’s working on. She, of course, has and all are super good and she’s very successful, but there is that gulf between finishing one book and beginning another one. When you’re writing a series, you don’t have that. You know what the next book will be.
So, when I finish ACT OF SURVIVAL, what then???? Now, obviously at just over 30 K, I don’t have to worry about that just yet, but still…
So are you writing? Are you reading? How are things going for you as we begin this 5th month of the year? How in the world can we have gotten here? Love to hear from you.
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