Saturday, April 15, 2017
Thoughts About Working On Multiple Books At the Same Time...
When I started out on this writing journey, I never saw myself as someone who could a whole bunch of writing projects going at the same time. That kind of thing was reserved for some of the great prolific authors like Isaac Asimov, who was notorious for working on multiple projects on a regular basis. The man insisted on having a portable typewriter or two wherever he went. And if he couldn't get his hands on a typewriter, he'd pull out a pad of paper and a bunch of pencils/pens and wrote the old fashion way, long hand.
But me, I could never picture myself even thinking about working on more than one story at a time. In fact, the very first novel I started working on was set in the early 1800's and I had gotten about 2/3's of the way through the tale when my wife pointed out that a historical piece would be harder to market. On hearing this, I gave it some thought and put the story aside and began a whole new piece which eventually turned into my first published novel "The Bridge".
After finishing that book, I thought about going back to the piece from the 1800's, but wound up moving forward with my current characters, one of which had connections to the family who were featured in my unfinished work. However, moving forward was still difficult. I was taking college classes which of course made excessive demands on my time. But that was only natural. School had to come first, however when we moved to Marina so Helen could attend CSU Monterey Bay, I took two years off from studies and focused more on my writing. Which in turn led to my finally finishing "The Ship" which I released back in 2014.
From there I began work on a third book with those characters, which is still underway at this point and time. What happened? I was having difficulties in building the story, things were getting too complicated. Too many characters, too many ideas, it was turning into something too unwieldy. Yet I still wanted to be writing, so I wound up putting it aside and started up "The Vampyre Blogs - Coming Home".
With that book I had a more clear idea of where I wanted things to go, who the characters were, and how it would end. Plus, I had a co-author, namely my wife Helen who had been my consultant on the first two books. Mind you it still took another 2 years before this book was ready to for release, however I didn't mind it so much. Why? Because I had started up another blog, called The Vampyre Blogs - Private Edition, http://thevampyreblogs.blogspot.com/ where I was regularly writing short stories involving different characters who were to appear in the novel. The idea behind this was to build an audience for the book before it was released and create a loyal following. Yet by doing this, something wonderful happened.
I wound up training my brain to think about more than one story at a time. Writing all those shorts, was a great exercise and now I find myself thinking about multiple storylines on a regular basis. Now why is this such a big deal to me? I'll tell you in my next entry.
I know, I know, I'm cutting things off just when things are getting even more interesting, but this post is getting pretty long and I still have much to say. So please be patient and I WILL have the 2nd installment up in a week. Until then, take care and keep writing my friends.