Monthly Archives: April 2014

Writing in sequence

It’s been a while! It sounds like a copout to say I’ve been so busy writing that I haven’t had time to blog…but it’s true. Mostly. 😀 I’ve also been super busy at work. Gotta pay the bills.

I’ve been writing Stacked to Death, book #7 in the Jamie Brodie mysteries. Book #6, Psyched to Death, is in edits and should be out by mid-June.

Stacked to Death is going to be the longest book yet and probably the first one over 60,000 words. If it’s not over, it’ll be close. It’s the most deadly – there are five murders. I don’t want to say more than that yet. 😀

When I initially started Stacked to Death, I was working in chunks. I knew how I wanted it to end, and I knew pieces along the way, so I went ahead and wrote those pieces. I now think that was a mistake. It has been confusing to go back and try to sort out the chunks and link them together into something coherent. And I’d gotten the timeline wrong. Argh.

I finally had to print it out so I could read it and easily refer back to what had come before. That’s one thing I don’t like about working on a computer – moving back and forth between pages, especially if they’re fifty or so pages apart, is difficult for me. I hate to waste paper – I did print four pages per sheet – but I couldn’t fix it otherwise.

I think it’s finally fixed, although there are still a couple of gaps. And I have determined that from now on I am going to write in sequence! If a scene comes to me that’s farther down the line, I’ll write it separately and come back to it later rather than have it cluttering up my electronic manuscript.

The more I write, the more I learn about what works for me – and what doesn’t!

Leave a comment

Filed under Books, Writing