|Time - There's always too much of it when you're waiting, but never enough when you're trying to get something done.|
After a careful review of the manuscript, I decided things weren't working. The story was too busy, the main plot points didn't hit where they were supposed too, and the stakes were either too similar to the first book's (How many times can one realistically save the world?) or not high enough.
So I started over. Chapter One, Page One.
A few months later, my second attempt finished, I decided the manuscript still had major problems. Closer, but one of my greatest fears is putting out a dreadful second book.
Now, after two complete first drafts, I have started "first" draft number three. I think this is the one, but regardless, I didn't meet my deadline. My goal was to have book two ready for the editor by the end of 2015. That isn't going to happen.
Which brings me to news about the release of my first book, ALL THINGS NOW LIVING. I had been aiming for a December 2015 release, but with a small publisher and an editor with a very busy life, things didn't happen the way I'd hoped. I don't have a firm release date from my publisher at this point, but the goal is to put out the best book series possible, even if it takes a little longer.
Okay, we're still a few days away from New Years, and I don't do resolutions, but my goals are to get ALL THINGS NOW LIVING published and finish at least books two and three in the series.
Have you had any writing disappointments this year? How did you handle them? Are you going to keep trying in 2016?