I continue to plug away at writing the third book in “The Usurpers Saga” — tentatively titled The Kraken Bone. It’s going well. I just completed the 25th chapter this morning. I’ve got a number of flashback sequences pre-written, so I actually have more of the first draft done than just 25 chapters of narrative, and the characters have made it to their destination where the titular artifact lies. (Like the other books in the series, this one follows a quest format.)
It’s all going very well, and I’m excited to finish it in the next couple weeks.
One of the things that’s enabled me to hit a flow this time is a new approach to how I’m writing. I try to write a chapter a day (which is not new; I’ve always done that), but I don’t force myself to do it all in a single sitting. If that happens — like it did this morning — I’m happy. But more often, I find myself tiring or just plain running out of steam after only 500 to 1000 words.
Rather than force myself to continue, I save and quit, moving onto something else for awhile.
This used to be anathema to me. I wanted to work on a project, check it off as completed, and then move onto the next thing on my to-do list.
But life hasn’t exactly been cooperating with that plan lately. I’ve been insanely busy, trying to run down freelance work and spending a lot of time working on marketing (both actively advertising and taking continuing education courses to learn to do it more effectively). Last year, I published a new book every month. I poured my energy into expanding my catalog. This year, I haven’t published anything yet (although I have two books in process), but I’ve been focused on marketing what I have.
And writing in multiple sessions has really energized me. It allows me to stay fresher. I write for awhile, then I work on other projects. Then I go back to writing. It keeps my brain alert, and I’m getting a lot more done this way.
Life rarely goes according to plan. That makes a plotter and organizer like me struggle to roll with the punches. But that flexibility — that willingness to adapt and adjust with the things that come your way — often leads to better success.
So I write early in the morning. When I’m tired or unfocused, I quit. Later in the day, with a bunch of other things checked off the list, I return to it. It’s working, and I like it.
It doesn’t matter how the words come out as long as they do. Multiple sessions is making that happen.