Angst Under Control, Really
All weekends should be 4 days long. I’m just saying. Waking up a little late and lazing around in bed 4 days a week would be so nice. This is why no one lets me be in charge of anything. I’d make that the standard policy.
All right, I’ll start out by apologizing a little for that last very ranty post. I did need to get that out of my system, but sometimes I think I should avoid angsting in public. It’s not nice to the people who read this blog to flood that all over the place. I’ll try to avoid doing that too often, but I can’t go so far as to promise it’ll never happen again. I’m sure it will, knowing myself as I do.
The good news is that I’ve done the rewrite on Chapter 1 of The Nine, and just finished rereading it. We’re talking about a significant improvement here, and though it isn’t perfect, it’s at least good enough to move on, so I’ll take it. I also managed to get Chapter 2 done, and I was right, it wasn’t anywhere near as bad as Chapter 1. It was in pretty decent shape, actually, so I’m going into Chapter 3 and beyond with some hope that maybe it was just me sitting there and info-dumping because, well, omg, there were two previous books and everyone needs to know all the things. Except they don’t need to know everything and not all at once at the beginning. If Chapter 1 is a slog, they likely won’t get to anything else because they’ll give up in disgust. I’ve done that, so it’s very easy for me to envision others doing so.
You see, when I’m writing these trilogies, I have zero intention of making it so you can pick up book 3 and not bother reading the other two. I’m sorry, but I HATE the idea that I have to, so I refuse to do it. We aren’t talking about a long series here, and besides, the journey itself is part of the joy of reading trilogies and series for me, which means reading all the stories involved, rather than the short summary of what happened. It’s about seeing the characters grow and try and eventually succeed. You miss all that if you start skipping books. I believe that, if your readers can skip whole books in the series, you’re doing it wrong (if they tell a continuous story, as opposed to existing simply in the same world with the same cast). So that’s how I’m writing these. Start at Book 1 or you’ll miss a lot. It’s not about sales either, I swear. I want you to go with my characters and experience their journey. I wrote all the books for a reason, because there’s a whole story to tell. Do yourself a favour, enjoy it all. It’s worth it.
Sadly, I suspect that today will be spent mostly out of the house. They’re just about to start banging on my balcony again and probably won’t quit for several hours. Oh well. Maybe I’ll get to see Mr. Textbook this time, or someone else really cute and intelligent. Both are necessary traits, because I don’t date cute but dumb. I like conversation too much for that to be anything but torture.