Something about what I’m working on…


So anyways, it’s Wednesday, which means I should be popping a post up about writing- Wednesday being posts about writing day, and all. It’s a w thing.

I’d planned to write something smart and informative about self-publishing budgets, but after a day in the office that scrambled my brain, I’m wimping it. Another w word. The truth is, I can’t juggle or add or decipher another number today. I’m done. Done. Done.

Given that Mercury is retrograde (that’s a fancy pants astrological term for things seem to stop working, messages get mixed and traffic gets clogged) I thought about writing something about back-up strategies, but I’ve touched on that before– and Val and Al spoke about it on this weeks So You Want To Be A Writer? podcast. That’s Plan B off the table.

Instead, I’ve decided on the easy way out- something about what I’m working on- aside from being in the partition getting my brain scrambled, that is.

Now that Baby, It’s You is out there…have you read it yet? Apparently it’s a good read…(insert winking smiley face here) I’m re-writing a manuscript that I actually drafted before Baby, It’s You. The working title is Big Girls Don’t Cry, and it’s the story of a couple of mentioned characters from Baby, It’s You.

This one is due to the lovely Nicola for structural editing in end July (remember how I told you about setting and keeping to deadlines in the interview I did with Debbish?) so I’m re-writing for the umpteenth time. There’s something that’s not quite working, and I’m seriously considering killing someone off- although that feels like it would be a lazy option.

I’m also drafting what will be number 3 in this loose series of stories. The working title is I Want You Back. This is also the story of one of the minor characters- so minor you might have missed her- from Baby, It’s You.

I have 5 stories planned in this series. It’s a similar concept to the movie Love Actually- that idea of everyone being connected in some way. I have characters for each of the stories, but have no idea yet what they’ll be telling me. It’s one of the things I love most about writing- I generally have no idea how it all ends until it does.

So when I say I have the stories planned, I do, of course, use the word “planned” in the loosest of possible ways…ie I know there’ll be 5 stories, I know they’ll be set in Melbourne, I know that 3 will have a cross-over in someway to Bali, and I know that it will all tie together in the end. Somehow. When you think about it, that’s actually quite a bit to know when your a pantser like me!

What are you working on? If you’re a writer, are you a panther or a plotter…and does it even really matter?




4 comments on “Something about what I’m working on…”
  1. Deborah says:

    I love that you already have an idea of where you want to take the series and I really enjoy books based on characters from another. I first came across it in Karen Rose’s thrillers and then I noticed that Bronwyn Parry did something similar in Storm Clouds – which must have featured a character from a previous book.

    I really admire your commitment… as I can’t even bring myself to think about my writing ‘to do’ list I started the other day!

    1. Jo says:

      Thanks Deb. Sometimes I’m not sure where I get the energy from, but weirdly, the busier I am & the more stressed I am in the partition job, the more I want to get this back catalogue built.

      1. Deborah says:

        Yes, I worry that I’m wallowing in apathy because I’m not at all busy. Far too easy to lie in bed all day and feel sorry for myself!

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