Recently I have begun to tackle my draft of the second book in the series, The Lorn Prophecy, and have found out just how hard it is to go back to something you've written several years ago.
Even though the writing isn't "as" bad as the rough draft for Fable, it's pretty close. It is a perfect example of the lack of creative writing skills I've talked about on this page. I see how far I've come, and my sister has come, too.
When I decided to search for education in creative writing I had already written the first 32 chapters of Lore, by hand I might add, and it sat collecting dust in my rough draft box in the closet.
There was notebook after notebook stacked inside waiting to be transformed into my computer. Thankfully my mom offered to come over a couple of days a week and type it in for me, of course she left me side notes along the way, too!
It's a good thing that she did that for me otherwise I would still be typing it in. Actually, she added the manuscript to my computer about two years ago, so it has sat and collected cyber space dust as well.
Anyway, I started at the beginning and am now on chapter 6. It's taken me weeks to get to this point, not everyday mind you, but at least one day each week I've dedicated to working on it. It's not as easy as it sounds.
There's head hopping, (lots of it) telling instead of showing, and really very little detail. I would think I was through a chapter and then it would dawn on me I still need to add things like descriptions of the palace, or what someone looked like. So, I go back in and add little somethings for us to tackle when we get to that particular scene. Basically little reminders.
Now I've realized that the story needs a lot more action. It's kinda boring, the next thing, changing the story. Basically what I'm trying to say is it might take longer than expected to get the next book in the series out, but I have decided what the ending will be, which means I do have some direction.
I am determined to get it finished next year. I don't want to leave all of you hanging for to long. But look at it this way, it will be worth the wait. At least we have the side story coming out by the end of the year. I hope that will help to keep you satisfied until I can get through this next book.
I guess we "all" have to be patient but know I'm working it and I am dedicated. It will be great!
I hope all of you have a wonderful week and I will continue to report on the progress of the book(s).