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?