I decided to forego my annual training camp this year since it was getting a bit redundant, and now I’m kind of regretting it.
I realized last week that the outline I wrote out two years ago was nowhere to be found. I remember handwriting at least two different copies and typing one of them, but I only managed to find one partial outline, which cut off mid sentence. “Everything was peaceful, until…”
Yep. Past me is an asshole. Or at the very least, really, really lazy.
So I spent a couple of days last week creating an entirely new outline, and so far I can tell you two things:
- the new outline is a lot better than the old one, both in terms of the plot and the amount of detail I included.
- There is no way this book will be complete at 50k. There’s also pretty much no way it will be complete at 100k, unless a couple of scenes end up much shorter than I think they will.
If you’re wondering why I’ve been sitting on this outline for two years instead of just writing the book, well, there’s a couple of reasons. For starters, it’s a sequel. Now, mainstream writing advice says “do not write a sequel unless you’ve sold book one.” Well, book 1 did not query well, I’ll be honest. It’s a good story and readers love it, but from the feedback I got agents were either completely lukewarm on the main character, or they found the opening pages too confusing to continue. Obviously, they were not the right people to represent this book, which is unfortunate.
The second reason is simply my production schedule. I mentioned last week a little bit about how tight my writing deadlines have been for the last couple of years, and how stressful that has been. Since finishing this outline, I’ve gone through the whole Torque debacle, written 7 novels, a novella, four short stories, and edited 6 books, and published a total of five. My production schedule through 2022 is packed to the gills; there just wasn’t time to squeeze in another book, especially if it turned out to be a 95k word tome like OFF THE RAILS.
Anyway, I’m getting a much later start this year than usual, and I’m not nearly as prepared.
We’ll see if my regular writing routine is enough to carry me through.