It’s March 1st! Which means it’s time to prep for Camp NaNoWriMo in April!
*insert inwardly screaming here*
I’m going to do something crazy for Camp NaNo…again. Last year, I tried writing the now-on-hold Preserving The Past trilogy out of order.
Book #2 would be in April, Book #3 in July, and Book #1 in November. And the goals would be different: B2 had a goal of 25k, B3 a goal of 32k, and B3 a goal of 50k.
But then I went and decided I was going to combine #2 & #3 before July.
I reached B2 and B1’s goals, but the rewrite of #2?
KERSPLAT. (To be fair though, we did go on two vacations in July…within two weeks of each other…and I was trying to handwrite it instead of using the computer…)
Writing an overreaching storyline out of order just doesn’t work. Don’t try it.
But why am I trying it again?
Answer: To figure out if it works for an episodic series, which is what the Matthews Family series is.
This April, I’m going to tackle Take My Hand, Book #3 in the Matthews Family series.
Originally, it was Book #2, but then I realized that Connor & Kelly’s relationship changed rather abruptly from where it was in Into My Life (Book #1) to where it was in Take My Hand.
It was like this:
IML: Practically strangers on opposite sides of a missing persons case. He’s a suspect, she’s a detective.
TMH: They’re dating-get engaged-married-and then have a kid at the end.
Yeah, big jump. So I added a book in between those two for the purpose of developing their relationship so it didn’t seem so abrupt a change, thus making Take My Hand Book #3.
I’m rambling. Anyway…
For April, I’m writing Take My Hand, which has already turned into my favorite of the series (not to mention it’s actually the most-developed).
For July’s Camp NaNoWriMo, More Than A Feeling, which is Book #2.
And then in November…either I’ve gone insane or I got a brilliant idea. (That last line is sarcastic)
I’m going to write Books #1 and #4…at the same time.
(But there’s always the possibility I’ll change my mind and just go with one of them and save the other for next year)
Oh, and did I mention there’s also a prequel?
Tell me your thoughts below! What are you working on for Camp NaNo this April? .