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Progress Report: Essentially no progress the last few nights. shellyinseattle is going full speed ahead with her various articles, but I've been stuck behind the day-job 8-ball this week, coming home too tired to do much except cook myself dinner and flop down with TV or book. Most annoying but it pays the bills.

The good news is I've rethought the 10,000 words I've cut out of the book since February. These chapters, scenes, and fragments provide an entire subplot that kept getting tangled up in my primary threads, perhaps because I'm just not skilled enough yet to weave quite so many threads together at once. It's been tough to cut it, because while it killed the pacing on my main storyline, I love this plot arc to death. It has a solid villain and it's full of lust, twists, and wild magical weirdness.

In fact, the more I look at what I've yanked out of the book, the more it seems that it could stand on its own. I've resisted this for quite a while, but I think… That is it seems like it, well… It's a sequel. How could I not have seen this coming? It seems so obvious in retrospect.

Yes yes, I know. Sequels are a necessary evil of modern publishing. Trilogies are now standard procedure, but should they be encouraged? Beats me. I thought I was writing a standalone.

Is it presumptuous of me to start thinking about the sequel when I still haven't sold the first volume? Probably. I'm an author with an ego. Quelle shock.


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Mar. 31st, 2005 10:33 pm (UTC)
I do not think it is presumptuous to think of a sequel before you have sold the first volume. Put simply, a setting should have a life beyond the original story it is created for - and that life may bring to mind other ideas for development.
Apr. 1st, 2005 12:43 am (UTC)
Part of me does think have a sequel on deck probably helps when it comes time to pitch the book to agents/editors.

But that's definitely getting a little ahead of the current situation: I can't pitch a book that isn't done yet!
Mar. 31st, 2005 10:57 pm (UTC)

Sounds like your muse is resilient. Don't quarrel with it, manage its output as best you can.
Apr. 1st, 2005 12:45 am (UTC)
That's the usual process. Pissing off the muse never helps.

Working through the quiet periods is the tough part. I find that's a good time to go back over comments from other writers, my own notes for revision, etc. Eventually, the engine starts firing on all cylinders again.
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