After the big ‘ol margarita party last night, I’m struggling with a slight headache this morning. I can’t imagine what could have caused it.
Today I’m hoping to get some writing done. For those of you who don’t know, I post chapters as I write them to my other blog. Anyone can read along as I write, for free, without having to buy the book. Once each book is complete, it stays as a completed novel on the site through the editing process. Once its edited and published, I remove it from the site. Usually by that time, I’m well into the next novel in the series, always giving readers a sneak peak.
Several author friends of mine have questioned why I do it that way. There are several answers to that. The first of which is, I want to give my fans something for their comments and support. I write as a hobby, not as my profession. If I can sell enough books to cover the cost of editing, publishing, cover design, and then have enough left to buy a cup of coffee, I’m pretty happy. The second reason is that it motivates me. If I go more than a couple of days without posting a chapter, I feel like I”m letting my readers down. It helps me to get in the mood to write, and it pushes me to continue. Several people have commented about how quickly I write. It doesn’t feel that way to me, but I guess if you’re used to waiting a year for the next Stephen King novel, or two years for the next Robert Jordan book, two or three books a year does seem quick.
The down side to writing this way is that I feel like its cheating if I have to go back a few chapters to revise something. I push myself to ‘think of everything’ up front, so that down the road I don’t have to have Victor’s gun magically appear on his hip, even though I never mentioned him carrying it.
The reason for this is that I’ve come to one of those points now. I’ve written myself into a proverbial corner, and short of some sort of “God Mode”. The hardest part of writing a cast of super heroes is continuing to challenge them, both physically and mentally. I’ve written them into a challenge that I’m still unsure how they’re going to get out of, without me going back half a dozen chapters and inserting some random line about “Victor put the pet hamster into his backpack. Not sure why, he just thought a hamster might come in handy later.” Because it would be really silly for him to pull out a hamster without mentioning it earlier.