You know the feeling when you’ve written something (often a piece that you thought was rather okay) and you suddenly realise that you can’t find it in your text?
I don’t blame you. When it comes to first drafts, I’m rather unorganised. I have a system, with different versions depending on where I am in the process, but it’s a system that isn’t worked through, and as you can see, I’m not rrrrreally sure what I’ve written and where it is. Which, from time to time, can create some frustration. Or panic, if you will.
I found the piece. It was a scene from the second book in the Legacy Chronicles (Book 2 is currently called Secrecy) which of course is very much a Work in Progress, and that’s why it’s so chaotic (at least that’s what I’m trying to tell myself… *cough*….). I don’t want it to be chaotic, however, so now I’m thinking about ways to get a better overview. I keep coming back to yWriter5, the free program for writers, which is surprisingly useful. I used it for Secrecy in the beginning, and the functions are suitable for those first drafts when you’re still “feeling your way” through the story. The only problem is that if I decide to go back to yWriter5 from Word, I will have to import the whole story again… and I don’t think it can be done with just one click, which means it will take time, which means I won’t be writing anything new, which means…. well…..
In any case, after a hectic autumn (lllllots of work), it’s nice to be able to even think about my stories again. I’m feeling motivated and inspired, especially seeing that Legacy has actually taken off on its own, and is now starting to gain readers. I’ve been too tied up with other stuff to do any marketing lately, but it’s actually selling anyway. We’re not talking HUGE amounts here (let’s call it ‘diminutive’, and we’re getting close), but it’s so lovely to see that here and there, it really does pick up readers. I hope they will fall in love with the characters and story, just like I have. Added to say, it’s Barnes & Noble who seems to be the best platform for getting readers. Bit strange, but there you have it (and since I love Barnes & Noble, I couldn’t be happier!).
Oh, and regarding my mystery novel Moving in with Murder, I’m still editing it. Just a bit of polishing left, based on the editor’s advice. When that’s done, I have to send it for another editing / proofreading round, and then pick out a cover (which is harder than writing the damn thing), and then it’s set for the market. I’m not going to bother with agents or publishers for this one, by the way. I love being an indie writer, so I’m sticking to that for a while.