Hi there! It’s been an exciting week in my little corner of the world, with the release of my first book, the paranormal romance novella Tribute. (See my last post if you’re interested in a free copy from Smashwords.) I’ve had a lot of fun talking to folks about this project this week.
The book I’m writing, however… I have yet to get into the flow. I wrote a solid outline, but I’m struggling with every scene, and it’s bringing up doubts. Did I start the book at the right point in time? Why are my characters feeling so flat? Was I cut out to write fantasy at all?
This last question comes after releasing a paranormal romance. When I started writing it was fantasy… but I have yet to finish a fantasy book (and I’ve started five over the last several years). I still see potential in each of these projects, but they are so hard. The paranormal romance Tribute and the sequel Vessel, however, were so much fun to write. And I’m hearing folks are enjoying Tribute and waiting for Vessel.
Yesterday, after struggling to put in another 1,500 words on the urban fantasy this week, I started to wonder if I aught to switch gears and get back to the paranormal romance series. Or maybe sneak that work in on the side just to boost my confidence? (On the side? Where would that be?) Right now I’m spending my precious writing moments staring at a cursor and wincing a lot. So much for my outline, schmoutline.