I've gotten quite a few questions about why I finally decided to delve into self-publishing and how I'm doing it, so I figured why not create a new blog series!
Yeah, it truly was terrible. LOL. Thankfully, I couldn't, for the life of me, make the story work in anyway that made sense, so I stopped and regrouped and decided to make them vampires. Once I did that, the story fell into place.
I should add that I did do a lot of work on the backstory for this series. I needed to lay out the curse, how it came into existence, all the dates, and family trees, but that was the extent of my plotting.
When I reached the end of book 1, I had a loose idea of where I was headed with book 2, and so I jumped into that and started writing. And by loose idea, I mean I had an overarching goal for each book. Like in book 1, I knew it was all about the curse and how Chloe and Trent deal with that. Book 2 is all about making a difficult choice. Sorry... can't tell you about the rest of them because SPOILERS!
As you'll recall from last week's post, while writing book 2, I came to the realization that I was going to need more than 3 books, so by the time I hit book 3, I knew where I wanted that story to go, and the process continued through all 6 books. This is where pantsing a series becomes a little annoying and frustrating. Because I didn't have a solid outline, I often veered off in a million different directions, which is part of the reason this series blossomed from 3 books to 6.
But, all of that is why I was SO grateful for that advice I'd been given.
See, because I hadn't published each book as they were written, I had the freedom to go back and add things into earlier books. I could add subplots and new characters that I then carried (or killed, depending on my mood) throughout the rest of the series, constantly building from one book to the next.