How many projects do you work on at a time?

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With Darkness Within released, I move forward to the next book in the series, Light Without. However, I feel like I have opened some sort of creative floodgate and ideas for new projects just keep flooding out of my brain. I have at least 5 books in my immediate thoughts and when I set down to write Light Without, these other projects jump in my face for attention.

So, I was wondering how many projects I should work on at a time. I know I can write one book while outlining another but could I write 2 books while outlining 3 more? I’m sure this is a personal preference but I thought it would be a good idea to get an idea from other indie authors on the matter. How many projects do you work on at a time?

Self Publishing Success Stories–D.W. Jackson

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Tahlequah Man Makes New Life As Published Author.

It’s always great to hear self-publishing success stories. It’s doubly great when that success story involves such a kind, selfless guy as DW Jackson. There are a few things about his story which amazes me.

Firstly, is the notion that things in our lives end up happening exactly how they’re supposed to. I’m sure that for D.W., falling ill right after adopting his kids seemed like a disaster at the time. However, he took the experience and molded it to his favor, propelling himself toward a new career as a writer. He allowed himself to flow through the currents of chaos and found his destiny in the progress.

Secondly, it is the lesson that nice guys do not finish last. If the interview makes D.W. Jackson seem like a nice guy, you have to know it is because he truly is. I don’t get a chance to say this about many people, before I get to know them very well, either. He has taken time out of his own writing schedule to offer me advice and help with the publishing of my own book; something that he never had to do.

Watching this video gives me hope and reminds me that dreams never die if we keep them alive. Congratulations on your success, D.W. Jackson. May you continue to write and inspire.

For more information about D.W. Jackson’s books, visit his amazon author’s page: http://www.amazon.com/D.W.-Jackson/e/B00B9W2JRK/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1387296206&sr=1-2-ent

Going own the Nano Rabbit Hole

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Yesterday’s writing began slowly. In the past few days, the feeling that I was being propelled forward has shifted. Now, I feel as if I’m simply trudging along. Having only written 900 words the day before, I sat at my computer and stared at my screen (probably looking for my muse).

My character started by pondering the aspirations and motivations of a light bulb! :0 I never, ever thought I would be writing about the inner dialogue of a light bulb…Now I have and I’m surprised because it actually worked! As my character postulates that she must be going crazy, so do I!!!!

That scene came surprising easy to me and worked very well within the story. As I created the header for chapter 25, my mind becomes stagnant again. I stare at the white screen for a while before deciding to do something that is almost forbidden in NaNoWriMo land…I went back to the beginning and re-read my entire story!!!

I ended up completely re-odering my story. I moved six chapters of my story to the middle and wrote an additional 4,000 words to tie it all together nicely (at least I hope). I understand, now, the dangers of going back and editing when you are on such a tight deadline. I can’t really feel like I wasted a night’s worth of work because I wrote 4x the total word count for the previous day, in addition to the changes I made.

I know that we’re not technically supposed to “edit” but it was necessary to build suspense and mystery and to moving forward with the story line. I will have plenty more editing to do in December as I get ready for the release of the book (hopefully before Christmas). I may be a rebel but I don’t regret it! It’s just another insane leap down the Nanowrimo rabbit hole!

 

***Word count update: 23,892.

You can check out my novel, which is now published (preliminary copy) at LeanPub: https://leanpub.com/darknesswithin