Book Three History

I wrote Book Three during NaNoWriMo 2013. I used a method called “pantsing”. NaNo-ers align with one of two writing methods:

  • Planning – If you’re a planner, you create a plot outline for your novel before November 1. Then, during NaNoWriMo, you write your novel based on your outline. You use the outline to keep your novel moving.
  • Pantsing – If you’re a pantser, you write by the seat of your pants, with no planning.

I’m a planner by nature, but in 2013, I decided to try “pantsing” Book Three. It was an interesting experience, but at the end of the month, I had a book full of character development and very little plot movement.

Lesson learned! Whether you are a planner or a pantser, be true to yourself.

At the end of 2013, I had completed Book Three, but really wasn’t happy with it.

The Time Gap

From 2013 – 2017, I didn’t work much on my novel. In 2013 I began working as a Technical Writer at a Fortune 500 Top 20 company that shall remain nameless. When you do something you love for your day job, you don’t spend nearly as much time doing it at home. Instead of working on my novels, I developed my professional writing career.

In 2016, I moved to Seattle and started working for a different Fortune 500 Top 20 company, that shall also remain nameless. As a Senior Technical Writer, my job was even more demanding. After a very busy first year at AWS, I finally got my work under control, and am ready to concentrate on my novels again.

The Plan

November 2017: Hawaii! I’m taking a few days of vacation to get away. Here in Oahu (see the photo for the view from my writing spot), I will outline and rewrite Book Three. I’m using most of the character development that I wrote in 2013 in Book Three AND Book Four. I’m spreading it out and adding action and plot development to both books. Basically, I’m writing half of Book Three and half of Book Four for NaNoWriMo 2017.

January 2018: In January, I’m making a self-editing pass on Book One and Book Two.

February 2018: In February, I’m making a self-editing pass on Book Three and Book Four, looking for plot gaps. I’m also handing Book One and Book Two to my daughter for a high-level review. Her due date is the end of March.

April 2018: My goal by the end of April is to do a complete editing pass through Book One through Book Three. I’ll implement feedback from my daughter and get fresh eyes on all three books.

May 2018: My goal by the end of May is to complete all of Book Four. Part of that includes planning for future books, so that I can introduce necessary topics early in the series. My other goal by the end of May is to make a content pass on all of the websites.

June 2018: In June, I’m going hunting for Beta readers.