Writing Update: End of March 2014 Edition

It seems I didn’t finish Story #3 for Memory Blood, but I did start it and now the first book’s writing is about 26% complete which is a good place to be going into April and anticipating a summer release. The direction the story is taking is exciting for me as I’m following my plans for the character arcs while rapidly spinning the world of each story and moving the characters through it to reach the various goals I’ve come up with.

I’m very happy with this method of writing and it’s definitely thanks to my experiences with all my previous series that I’m able to enjoy writing something in my style while discovering a completely new method of going about the book creation process. Unfortunately, The Orin Chronicles and The Academy Series are being developed more slowly because of my focus on Memory Blood, but every piece of my being knows that I am making the right choice here.

I have actually written a tiny bit more of Orin Vol. 8 and I still expect to get three volumes out by the time this year ends. The issues that prevent me from writing will soon be vanishing as I move forward in my personal life and so I’ll be able to continue to be more productive and able to grow as an author in the coming month.

Next week the character reveals for Memory Blood will begin which will give me the chance to introduce the two major protagonists for this first book. It’s strange to be just revealing them after thinking about them for about a year and writing for them for two months now, but that’s also the best part about it. Now that I know these characters, I can introduce them properly.

Writing Update: March 2014 W3 Edition

I’ve been struggling with procrastination these past two weeks so I haven’t made much progress with Memory Blood since the last update. Being unproductive like that makes me feel disappointed so I promise to have much better news by the time next Friday arrives. I’d be really surprised if the first three stories weren’t done by then so hopefully I can report that they are.

Sorry for the short update. I’ll make up for it next week, I promise!

Writing Update: March W1 Edition

At this point, I’m already approaching the end of the second story for Memory Blood. In total, there are going to be eight stories in this first book so I’m nearly 25% complete with the writing which makes me feel great. Already, this is proof that my new writing schedule was well thought-out and that I made the right decisions when it came to the production planning process.

So far, the book’s tone has been very unique. It’s definitely not like anything I’ve written before and I’m very excited about that. While my other series are on the shorter side, I’ve made an effort to make Memory Blood at least 50% bigger than The Library Series and it looks like I’ll easily attain that goal and then surpass it as well. The character reveals start in April so I’m looking forward to seeing how far along I’ll be at that point. If I do enough work, I might be at the 50% mark by the time I reveal the 2 main characters which means I’ll have a lot of time for editing before I send it off for Quality Assurance with friends.

Previously, the QA phase lasted 1-2 weeks (if I was lucky to get everything done in time), but this time there will be not only an entire month of having others read it, but also an entire month to make edits and take that feedback into account. I think this will result in a very high quality product for this summer and I’m looking forward to seeing what Memory Blood will look like in its completed form. There won’t be any time to rest, however, as I’ll be getting to work on the second book right after the first one finishes so I can get it out by the end of the year.

I think now is probably a good time to reveal that Memory Blood will be a 2 year series consisting of four books. So for 2014 and 2015, this is what I’ll be working on in addition to trying to meet by bonus goals of finishing The Orin Chronicles and The Academy Series. As for 2016 and beyond… well, I already know what I’ll be working on. As another fun reveal, my debut mystery series will be coming after Memory Blood! There’s a lot of planning required for this, so I’m glad to have the next two years to get everything into place so that I can properly write it. You readers, as well, should probably use these two years to prepare. The current plan is to have a high difficulty across the entire series so you’ll need to be well prepared for the challenges to come.