Writing Update: February 2015’s End Edition

  • Today I’ll be providing my update in short bullet points
  • Memory Blood 2 quality assurance has begun with Story 1
  • Story 2 will be made available to QA readers soon and Story 3 is still being written
  • Work on Creswood Part 2 continues in the background
  • Thoughts about the next Monument Series book are growing stronger and stronger

That’s all for now. Next week I’ll aim for a longer post elaborating on my progress a little bit more.

Writing Update: February 2015 Edition

Memory Blood 2 surpassed the 50% completion mark a while ago and right now I’m determining the shape of the third story. I’ve been very open to changing the plot and character arcs, but now that most of those have fallen into place the shape of the remaining stories is something I don’t have to worry about too much. The characters are on a certain trajectory that will take them into the finale of Memory Blood 2 and the plot complements the journey of our cast this time around and I’m very proud of the work I’ve been doing. I’ve said it before, but I think Memory Blood 2 will manage to surpass the first novel in terms of quality despite how much I love the story of the first book. This is something that is very important to me and the major reason why I delayed the novel to April of this year. In a worst case scenario, I think Memory Blood 2 will release this May although I’m still aiming for April.

According to the current plan, Memory Blood 3 will be released later this year as well but I’m open to changing things around and doing what’s best for the series. I think Creswood’s sequel will definitely be released this year seeing as that’s a smaller project, but Memory Blood 3 could be replaced by a different work and delayed to 2016. As much as I love trying to schedule things, my inability to write full-time means that I’m severely limited in that regard. If my focus is on other work most of the time then it can be difficult to force time to be creative and deliver the best stories that I can. While I used to take this personally in the past, I’ve come to accept the reality that until I’m writing full-time there’s not much point in creating a writing schedule (I’ve learned a lot about what I would do if I were writing full-time, however). I still have targets for various things, but I’m not too concerned about missing those targets if it means delivering the best work I can.

Ideally, the ad campaigns I’m working on right now will bring Memory Blood and my other books to the attention of more people and allow me to allocate more time to writing without worrying that I should be working on something more profitable. I know that this will happen one day, but I’m doing my best to ensure it starts happening now.