I completed the first draft of the second book in my new Sissy Jupiter series this past week. 18 days to write. 74,300 words. Sure, there are typos and some inconsistencies that I'll fix up in my first revision (underway), but this is a good way for me to write. I don't try to make each section perfect before moving on the to next: I focus on getting te story out of my head and into the laptop.
I didn't always write this way. The Ross 128 trilogy took much longer to complete because I spent a fair amount of time polishing my prose as I went. Effective, but wow it took a while, to the point where I would struggle to write two novels in a year.
Now, I begin with my plotted roadmap so I know my major plot points and generally what happens in each section. Then I sprint to write. Usually I write in 14 minute sprints. I've learned that seems to work well. Then I do something else for a few minutes and then return to the story... tweaking the plot or the upcoming scenes as the characters take on lives of their own.
I typically begin writing around 7:30 in the morning and I finished around 1:30 in the afternoon. I take frequent breaks, work on other things like my coaching clients or workshops. In the afternoon, I don't normally write unless I'm particularly inspired. This way, I write between 4000-5000 words per day.
So now what? The first book in the series is with beta readers for a few more days. I'll spend about a month revising and polishing the second book, then send it to beta readers (maybe... I'm actually rethinking whether this is helpful or not). Then I'll plot out my roadmap for Book 3 and start writing that in late June or early July.
I'm torn whether to publish the books as they're finished, or hold off until they're all done. Pros and cons to each. If I publish as I go, then I can test my promotional ads, generate some interest from my audience. On the other hand, readers will want to keep reading the series, so I want to make sure the other books are available. This helps with sales, too, as I've learned from my Ross 128 series.
With summer almost upon us, I know I'll be spending many days camping and fishing, and that will eat into my writing plans. So there's that, too :)
Oh, that image above is a new cover/title I'm considering for Book 1. Your thoughts are always welcome!
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