...for all your wonderful comments in reply to my last post. You all made the moment even more special that it already was. It would take me forever to reply to all the comments but I did read and cherish every single one. Thank you.
Sometimes having a blog bugs me and feels like a bit of a (virtual) weight around my neck. At other times, like Monday, it feels like the best thing in the world and I'm so glad I started it as I've now got a permanent (or as permanent as the web can be) record of my attempt (I hate the word 'journey') to become a published author.
So how do I follow up a post like the last one?
With a bit of a whimper really.
I don't have much to report apart from the fact I've been frantically scribbling a new outline for book two (yes, this would be my third idea for book two if you count the 20,000 words I wrote of idea 1!). I feel sorry for my agent. Just when she thinks I've sent her my 'definite, definite' idea for book two I go and send her another one!
I blame her.
She told me that book 2 needs to be 'even better' than book 1, so she's indirectly responsible for my frenzied attempts at meeting that standard.
I have to keep reminding myself that I was never 100% sure what I was doing with novel 1 and had no idea whether or not the story would work so mustn't put too much pressure on myself to come up with the 'perfect idea' for book 2. That said, having already written and ditched 20,000 words of my first attempt at book 2 I certainly don't want to make that kind of mistake again! I want to get it right.
The good thing about idea 3 is that it's already very visual in my head. One of the tips I once read on plotting a novel is to see it in your head, like you're watching a film. I pretty much lived in the film version of novel 1 while I was writing it so I think it's a good sign that I can already 'see' a lot of the locations and characters in idea 3.
Of course my agent hasn't actually replied to my email about idea 3 so she may hate it for all I know.
Or maybe she'll tell me she likes idea 2 best (which would be disappointing because I'm pretty sold on idea 3 now!).
Either way I know she's going to be talking to my editor about book 2 tomorrow.
Ah, the waiting and nerves don't stop do they?
p.s. A little coffee break tale of mine is out in My Weekly, now!