When I tried to come up with a title for this post, many possibilities came to mind. “This ain’t High School”, “Only in the land of make believe.” Suffice it to say I’m sleep deprived and a wee bit loopy.
So this is actually a difficult post for me to write because it feels like admitting to a weakness. And you all know I like to pretend I’m super woman, right?
I’ve heard the term before, Sophomore Slump, but never really gave it any thought. It refers to the difficulty authors have writing the second book and I didn’t think it had anything to do with me. I mean I wrote my first through third book in about a year. Of course those books aren’t published. Yet. When I did finally publish under a pen name, I had the second book written during the time between edits and release day. The third and fourth followed quite easily.
So why have I been sitting, staring at a nearly blank screen for almost 8 months? Why has the self-imposed due date to have this next book finished been moved 3 times? And why have I changed focus several times from project to project because I just don’t “feel” what I’m currently working on?
It hit me the other day. Sophomore Slump. Altered Destiny is my first published full length, fantasy novel. It’s received fairly consistent and good reviews. There’s the RT nomination-which is huge-and I can’t seem to type to save my life. Or my career.
My husband’s theory is that when I was a more prolific writer, I wasn’t quite as happy because I wasn’t married to him so it was easier to slip into fantasy world. Yeah, little bit of an ego there, but you know? He has a point. I used to spend every evening writing. Now I’m cuddling with a gorgeous man and a very large stomach. (Less than 8 more weeks till D day) He also had some very good advice which mirrored Queen Noras. He said, this is your job. Some times it’s harder to do than at other times but it’s your job and I know you love it. Sit down and do it.
Imagine that. A complete outsider to the publishing world told me to get my butt in the chair.
So what’s a writer to do? Well, so far 3K + and better, a game plan for what’s ahead. Yes, folks, there will be a follow-up novella about Jaden and Selia and soon, Nathan’s story.
And to celebrate and as part of our blog hop. I’m giving away a copy of Altered Destiny to one lucky commentor. Please see the full rules on the blog hop to your left. : )