Sometimes my past self is a real jerk. She’s always doing stuff with massive repercussions without thinking too much on it. She’s often heard spewing her favourite line “That’s Future Angie’s problem.”
Well, Future Angie is here and she’s pissed! (Wait, doesn’t that make me Present Angie? Gods, I have no idea.)
The above tweet is directed at my past self. Oh, if only she would sign up for a Twitter account and read my tweets. Then we could avoid this whole messy nonsense with some good ol’ fashion timey-wimey magic. Curse you Past Angie and all your pantsing ways! *shakes fist*
Okay, I realize this needs a bit of an explanation.
For those of you not up to date on your writer lingo, “pantsing” refers to writing a novel (or in my case an entire four book series) without planning. You fly by the seat of your pants, as it were. While it can be great for letting those creative juices flow unburdened, it’s not particularly helpful when writing a series. I say this having just written a series without planning it. *shakes fist at Past Angie*
Today after struggling to revise book two for probably the millionth time I finally went to Twitter and begged my writer friends to give me some advice. I wanted to know if I should continue to plow through these revisions or open a blank page and start again. Because I have such awesome friends they quickly replied with follow up questions before giving their advice. In an overwhelming majority the opinion was to create a new outline and start a fresh draft.
And I agreed.
But when I grabbed my notebook to create that new outline I realized that not only did book two lack continuity, but books three and four where dangerously close to following suit.
And this my friends, leads me back to my tweet. Figure your shit out before you start. Okay maybe you won’t have it all figured out scene for scene, but having a general idea of where you’re headed over a span of several books it kinda important. It’s something I should have done immediately after I realized that my stand-alone novel was turning into a series. *shakes fist at Past Angie*
So where does this leave me?
Well, it means querying has come to a screeching halt. I need to know that the changes I make in books two, three and four don’t affect book one. It means as much as I want to move forward, I need to move backward. Or maybe this is a lateral move? I don’t know, I’ve never been good with anything that remotely involves math. It means that I need to dig deep and pull out whatever patience I have and do this.
No rush job because it has to be done right.