This Is Why You Save Things
|Now that Chaos Magic is in the hands of my editor, I'm starting to work on the next book in that series, Love Runes. When I first wrote Chaos Magic, I had a story in mind, but as I got to about the fifth chapter, I realized I had WAY to much story to fit into one book, so I decided it had to be three separate novels.|
I knew how the story began, and where it ended, but the in between stuff was a little hazy. It was like looking at a map of Los Angeles and saying I AM HERE and I WANT TO GO THERE, but which route to take? Many paths lead to the same place.
Every time I thought about the second book ove r the past couple months, I wrote a chapter or two, but nothing that fit together in a longer story. After a lot of trial and error, I decided how to tell the second story. When I sat down to write it, I started fresh, but then realized that a lot of what I already wrote was usable. It needs to be rewritten so that flows together correctly, but it's nice to be a forth of the way through the rough draft already. Thank goodness I saved all those files!
Unfortunately, now I'm coming up on the part where what I already wrote diverges a lot from the story I want to tell, so everything from here on is from scratch. But at least I have that head start.