It’s the first Wednesday of the month, meaning it’s Insecure Writer’s Support Group Day! Woot!
I netted 16K in August toward book 3, which is a decent chunk for me. If you’re wondering (which you probably aren’t) “what about book 2?”, well, I did convince myself that the changes I have planned (and have been avoiding) are still the way I want to go.
To streamline book 2, I intend to take out a subplot concerning an group of people getting sick. But by doing this, I’m removing a character (aka T) whom some readers said was a great character. That left me torn, but I reassured myself that it was in the best interest of the plot that I stick to my new plan.
As I’ve been writing in book 3, I started contemplating all of the different things that need to happen. D (the main character) needs R, but can’t go get R himself. The logical choice would be to send J, because J is R’s biological daughter. If I take out the subplot in book 2, it means J never mended the relationship she had with the people inhabiting R’s province. That sent my brain scrambling to work out the details because previously conceived ideas had J taking refuge with the people while on the run from book 3’s evil bad guys.
Then I had a great idea: Bring back T in the same role as he would’ve played in book 2, smoothing over the prickly relationship between J and the people, while helping J find R. The situation’s going to be grimmer, and the response from J at age 46 is going to be different from J at age 16. But T can be the same sensible, grandfatherly pacifist he was in book 2.
So raise a cheer because it means I’m still on the right path with book 2, even if I haven’t put down any words toward it in months.
Oh, and I finished two more digital paintings in August! Derek (my main character) and Return of the Dissidents (with itty-bitty J facing the dragon).
I’d go with Piers Anthony. I devoured his books and I gained an appreciation for the way he could tackle darker stuff in some books and keep it light and punny in others. I’d written him a couple of fan letters when I was younger and even gotten a response and a mention in Zombie Lover’s back book credits. So yeah, he’d be my choice.
On a personal note, I’d like to say that my parents are doing fantastic since my mom finished her treatments, and they’ve returned to traveling, sending me pictures of Mount Rushmore, Devil’s Tower, and Old West Cody Wyoming. It’s great to see them thriving again.
Have you been making any progress with your work? Have you ever faced changing details across multiple books? Who would you choose as a beta partner?