Not everything that’s happened in the last year has been disheartening. I did finish the rough draft for book one in the series I’m currently working on, and I’m about 5000 words into book two! 🙂
That’s pretty exciting stuff for me. I plan to write the first four novella-length (25,000 – 30,000 or so words per installment) books before publishing any of them. I know that’s not a common strategy, but I wanted to make sure I can keep the style and voice consistent throughout the series, tweaking all the books as necessary in order to accomplish what I’m hoping to do. And I want to publish every three books together, compiling them into volumes of 3 at a time as well as publishing them individually, each with a preview of the first 1-2 chapters of the next book. Hence the reason I want to finish four of these bad boys before moving forward with the indie publishing process.
I have no idea how many books will eventually be within the series, but I’m enjoying not seeing the end of it yet. This story is playing in my imagination like a T.V. series, rather than as a movie, with story arcs and character possibilities that span 1 book, many books, or even the entire lot. I can’t see the finale yet, but then I usually don’t until my writing is near the end of the story.
Of course now I’m running into the issue of how to categorize what I’m writing/revising. There are so many genres and subgenres that are so similar now. Gone are the days when horror was simply horror and romance was simply romance. This one has vampires, werecreatures, witches, etc. in it, but no romance (so far) though the possibility may organically grow between various characters. And some of the descriptions could be considered frightening, depending on what you personally find scary. So is it paranormal? Supernatural thriller/adventure/horror? Dark fantasy? Urban fantasy? Some combination of the above? How do I describe it in terms of genre? That’s the stage I’m currently at.
Genres and categories for so many books criss-cross some pretty blurred lines. I can’t be the only one who struggles with trying to figure out what genre/category to label my writing, can I?