Writing In 2015: The Challenge Of The Series
I decided at the beginning of the month that I was going to participate in Camp NaNoWriMo. I'm still in it, but not sure if I'll hit my target count. One of the things I did from the outset was decide that I was going to work on my first sequel. The book is the second book in a series that I started in 2012 with a book called A Kingdom Of Shadows. I wrote it as the first book in a series on purpose, leaving some threads untied in the plots and allowing some characters to grow with the events of the story.
But the story wasn't over yet.
The Dawnbringer War as the series was called was just getting started. I needed to consider the sequel. I needed to serious think about the challenge of writing a series. But I let it go for a while. Nearly three years have passed. The story is still needs to be told. I do want to finish it. So I'm working on the sequel this month and will probably continue onwards into the following month. It's possible I could have the book completed around the time the first one was back in 2012. A Kingdom of Shadows had a September 11 release date.
This book I'm writing, The Isle of the Morning, will be followed up pretty directly by a third book. That's something I knew I wanted to do if I was going to start this book. I would work on the third one once the second was completed. Honestly, I have a sketch for the rest of the year that includes trying to finish up this series...unless The Dawnbringer War isn't a trilogy.
I've found that I've had to revisit the first book, reading over it, looking at the few notes I had, and basically try to reacquaint myself with the story I was created and the characters that experienced the opening movements of the epic I was was writing. This is a growing period and I'll probably get a little stressed as I try to work on all of this.
Other work, in other areas, must be balanced with what else I'm doing. The work I do as a publisher is challenging in its own way, but I'm excited by the work being done.