Oh. My. God.
I finished writing another book.
It’s not good—right now—but it will be one day. I am just thankful to finally have a foundation to work from. Woo!
Check out the full discussion on my journey to completing the first draft of my second book on YouTube below, or continue reading!
Beat ya to it
When someone asks, “So what’s your book about?” I struggle to answer. I feel like other writers can relate, right? Depending on where you are in the writing process, you may be still working out the kinks of the plot and setting and characters and subplots and…basically everything. BUT allow me to fill you in on the main gist:
The inspiration for this book came from imagining what would happen if technology really got out of hand a couple thousand years in the future. I started to think about the advancement of artificial intelligence specifically (AI freaks me out so much). And then I created my main characters. They are a group of curious college kids who decide to delve into the dark side of technology to discover very quickly that they wish they hadn’t. They may never see their families again. They may start to feel their minds and bodies slowly degrade if they don’t think smart. Every day counts.
And that is all I am going to give you—mostly because I suspect that some details may change as I am editing and I don’t want to give an inaccurate teaser, but these are the main ideas of the story that I don’t anticipate changing. So you’ll just have to wait!
What my second book taught me so far
I definitely applied some lessons from when I wrote my first book and inevitably learned even more, both about myself as a writer and new writing techniques.
Here are four lessons I learned while writing my second book:
- You don’t have to write 1,000 words per writing session or any crazy number. It’s okay to just get a couple hundred words in every day. Progress is progress.
- It’s also okay to take a break and abandon your draft when life takes a hard turn, or just when your mind needs a rest. Your writing will always be there when you’re ready. Focus on your mental and physical health, your family, and anything else that is important to your well being. If you don’t, your manuscript may not be as enjoyable to work on and you may not be as productive. And that sucks.
- Outlining the book ahead of time is WAY better than being a pantser, in my opinion. I began my first book as a proud pantser and wound up paying for it in the end once I decided it needed an entire re-write. For my second book, I gave outlining a try and I’m sorry to all you pantsers out there, but I am officially out of the club. #sorrynotsorry
- Write some short fiction at some point while drafting your book to shake things up a little bit and also just to work on something different temporarily. Sometimes a different genre or story may get you thinking about your book differently that will help you keep writing it. Check out my Snowman series starting here that I published earlier this year.
Your support system
Having a support system is crucial through all of this. My favorite is when my lovely husband exclaims, “I don’t hear typing!” when I get distracted. Thanks, babe. I also have my parents, my sister, and so many other family members and friends who ask me about how my writing is going and support me.
If you don’t have family or friends who you can turn to, try finding a local writing group in your community or library. Connect with other writers on Twitter or other social media platforms (there is a very large writing community on Twitter). Reach out to an old English teacher. Or reach out to ME (contact me here, on Facebook, or Twitter). I am more than willing to talk about writing!
There are so many ways to connect with other lovers of the written word. They are out there!
Nothing easy about it
Writing is hard. Writing books is hard. But it’s not impossible and it is so fulfilling.
If this is something that you want to do, do it. What would happen if you just try? You’ve got nothing to lose.