Fourth Year – 2016
2016 saw the release of 2 new books, Chloe & Eros which is a combination of the epilogues from the previous 12 and a “wrap-up” of sorts, and 3 box sets for the Mystic series. Chloe & Eros released near the end of 2016 and that was the last time you heard from me when it came to new content until October 2017.
My head was NOT in it. Like I said last week. 2015 killed me.
Looking back now, I’d say the books were too big for my ambition and skill. Let’s look at why I say this.
- I’m not a heavy hitter when it comes to sitting down and getting words on the page. I’m good for 1000-2000 words a day on a story. I need time between chapters to think and let it all percolate.
- I’m not a plotter. If I’d been able to do that, I wonder if I’d have been able to bang them out, especially if I’d gone the insta-love length route. (That means short. Something I only really know about now).
- I like to build worlds but I’m not huge on writing lengthy books. Those things don’t go together. I created a different scenario/setting for each couple, except for maybe one where I used a location I created previously. If I had gone the route of it all happening in one place, maybe that would have changed things and not used up all of my creativity in one go.
I’m sure there is a lot more and so many more “maybes” and “if only” statements I could make. I finished a series though. I had one under my belt. And I was burnt out.
Fifth Year – 2017
The only writing thing that happened in 2017 was the release of Finding More. My longest book to date. I finally got my ass in a chair and finished the book I started back in 2014. By this point though, I’ve lost the majority of the readers from my first year. There are a beautiful few still there: Donna, Lisa, and Latochia. They’ve been there and supported me when I struggled even if they didn’t know that was happening.