What Am I Doing?

I’m somewhere between ‘this is a great story’, ‘why did I even start this’, and ‘I’ve no idea what I’m writing’ in Scarlet Rose. I didn’t outline this book as much as some of my others and that is not a mistake I’m making again. Every writer works differently…and I work best with an outline. I’m on building up the climax of Scarlet Rose right now and almost every chapter I’m tweaking a few things or making more changes.
Still, the good news is that the rough draft will be finished in early December (probably). The bad news is that it’s 72,000 words long already. It will probably be around 80,000 by the time I’m finished…and when I go back though for the second rewrite I might add up to twice as much content as I pick up various subplots and add a whole other section to the climax itself.
Originally I hoped to have the rough draft of the first book finished by the new year and I write the next two books next year. I can tell you right now that’s not happening. I’ll probably spend the first six months of 2016 rewriting Scarlet Rose and outlining the next book, Gideon’s Sword. The second half of 2016…well, I suppose we’ll see.

Posted by Hope Ann

5 comments

I know what this is like… I just passed that point in my WIP. 😛 Things won't always seem so bleak, I promise! 😉
Keep it up. The end WILL come. In one way or another…

~Fereleth, Carrier of Light

Man, I'm jealous!!! How can you write so many words in one story!?

For what it's worth, I think it's a wonderful story even just as a rough draft.

I've no idea; it just happens and I normally get more words than I want.

Thanks. And I do think this is the best rough draft I've written, though that's not saying too much because rough drafts are, well, rough. 🙂

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