I’m taking a break from writing about ideas this week, to give an update on where I am with my own writing.
The short answer is: really busy.
Really, really busy.
So busy I fear, in worried thoughts in the early hours of the morning, that I may have taken on too much. But still I’m charging on.
Firstly, EDEN ST MICHEL is back from the editor and seems in good shape. Obviously, I’ve got to go through all the edits on its way to being proofed, but it’s on schedule.
However, before I get to the edits, I am furiously typing away at the follow-up to EDEN ST MICHEL.
Yes, that’s right I’m already working on the follow-up novel to the follow-up novel.
And, if that’s not bonkers enough, in my mornings and evenings I am writing the follow-up to that follow-up. (Are you still with me? It’s the follow-up to the follow-up to the follow-up) It’s my intention to get all three books out before the end of the year and so, as you can imagine, there’s a hell of a lot to do.
(Ridiculously enough, I also have some short stories I’d ideally like to edit, and I want to write another novella tangentially linked to these novels in much the same way DEATH AT THE SEASIDE is.)
Something that helps me keep all these balls together at once is that they’re all part of the same series. My ‘Screen Siren Noir’ series. Each book does work as a standalone, but they’re linked in some way with some shared characters and shared situations.
Reading articles and listening to podcasts, there’s constant talk about how series are fantastic for marketing opportunities. But taking a step back from that, if you’re looking to write a lot of things quickly, then setting them in the same world works a treat. You are constantly immersed in that world, you are constantly exploring those themes and it means that your focus rarely slips.
Maybe the next time I have so much on my plate they will be books in different series and I’ll be rhapsodising about variety. For now though – as far as I’m concerned – to get a lot of writing done in a swift space of time, a series feels like where it’s at.
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