For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been pushing myself to get as much writing done on my next book as possible. The best part is that I don’t feel like it’s rushed. I’ve taken my time to draft the story I want to tell and found myself in one of the best grooves I’ve ever had.
In fact, I found it quite difficult to get any sleep last night. There I was, in bed, playing the final scene over and over in my head. I was half tempted to get up and continue writing.
I looked at the clock and saw it was well past 11:00 pm. And for me, that’s way past my bedtime.
I don’t get a lot of sleep as it is. Thanks to a minor sleeping disorder, a brick for a bed, and a high level of stress, it’s hard to sleep longer than six hours most of the time. Unfortunately, I’m not one of those people who can handle that limited of shuteye.
In any case, I was able to remember my thoughts from last night and put them in the book this morning.
But that’s not all.
Postponing Other Things to Finish the Book
I am so close to finishing that I thought about postponing the other projects I want to do today. The cool thing is that most of these projects can wait until the weekend.
For example, I want to redesign this blog a bit, write about a new Amazon affiliate plugin, and do a few other things that won’t technically go live until next week.
The reason I’m writing this blog, though, is to give me a bit of a break. I found that if I grind out one to two hours at a time on my books and then take a break with something else, it helps keep my mind fresh.
Not to mention that I wanted to let my followers and subscribers know that my next book is almost done.
In reality, a live Twitch stream was going to take up a large chunk of my day. Since I rarely have viewers anyway, spending time to write the book is a better use of my time.
Sure, I’d like to have a larger audience on Twitch. However, publishing my second book is of a higher priority for me.
What Do I Have Left to Write?
At the time of this post, I estimate around another 6,000 words will finish the book. I do plan on adding an epilogue, which wasn’t part of the original plan. But it’s probably a necessary element to connect this book with the next.
Yes, I actually have a 4-book series plan. The story is simply too long to fit into a single volume.
Go big or go home, I guess.
Right now, I am working on the final two chapters. Then, I’ll go back and address the notes I made myself in Reedsy to fix a few things. Afterward, I’ll export it as a PDF and send it off to my beta readers.
My biggest concern is making sure the book isn’t difficult to follow. I’ve written it in both the first and third person. Though, I am pretty sure the way I structured it is comprehensible.
Forcing Myself to Step Away for a Moment
Perhaps one of the more difficult parts of writing this last chunk is forcing myself to stop and walk away for a moment. I know, some people will ask why I don’t just keep writing until I’m done.
Well, it’s probably because of how my brain works. If I focus too intently on one specific thing for an extended period of time, it wears me down. I get sluggish and start having difficulty following along with my own storyline.
But if I take a moment or two every 90 to 120 minutes, I come back refreshed and ready to go! It’s kind of like taking a moment to re-energize my batteries.
I suppose it has a lot to do with the ultradian rhythm, which I discovered actually plays a strong role in my productivity every day.
In any case, when you’re on a roll, it’s difficult to stop, sometimes.
What’s the Plan After Kingmaker?
If I finish writing Kingmaker today, I’ll probably spend the next two weeks writing the new story on Inkitt. That is until NaNoWriMo starts in November.
Then again, I would really like to give Kindle Vella a go with a new tale. It looks like I can do a similar thing of publishing “episodes” much as I do for Despair on Creative Sanctuary’s YouTube channel.
Needless to say, I have no shortage of things to write.
We will spend the next month and a half editing and polishing up Kingmaker, though. Not to mention that I’ll have to give my graphic designer enough time for a book cover.
I’m still looking for a December publishing, but it all depends on how quickly everything gets put into place. After all, I still need to fix my account with Barnes & Noble…long story.
After I finish VII for Wattpad in November, I’ll start the second book of the series. This time, though, I’m giving myself a 3-month deadline. I don’t want to take another year to publish the next book.
Back to the Grind, I Go!
Essentially, I wanted to give you a heads-up that I am nearing the completion of my second book. I am definitely in a writing groove today and am pushing to see it all the way through.
It’s been a long time since I’ve been this excited about anything. Well, aside from publishing A Freelancer’s Tale.
The hard part is diving into marketing this book. I think this time, I’ll give Ingramspark a try…