I've also started writing book 3, Mav's book. It's in the very, very early stages but I've got something down on paper. Initially I started it because Cole and Knley weren't cooperating. Lo and behold, the second I ignored them they popped up again. If they decide to go away again at least I know what to do now! I'm really excited about Mav's book. He's not my favourite Ryan, in fact he was always supposed to be a fringe character but he started talking and hasn't really shut up. I think I identify with Mav in a lot of ways so maybe that's why I'm excited. The setting has also changed, from Booker, a fictional town, to the Gold Coast, where I'm based and my home for my entire life, save for a 6 month stint in Melbourne. Mav, more so than Cole and Knley is surprising the hell out of me and I think I'm falling in love a little. Reed was always the one I wanted to marry but Mav might be giving him a fight for his money.
But anyway, I wanted to tell you what I've else I've learned while I've been writing, or trying to write, or not writing.
I learned that inspiration is a great thing. I know it may sound simple to you, but it's really not. I didn't know how big a part it played until I realised I didn't have it. I thought for WYRB I could just write. I have everything planned so why wouldn't it work? I had memories of the MotoGP I went to a couple of months ago and I want to share that with the world so that should be enough right? I was wrong. Yes, all that helped me get going, but it wasn't what was driving me.
I recently read Moto by M. Never and it featured a similar world to what I've created, that being MotoGP. I loved it! It totally got me jealous, got my competitive juices flowing. I wanted to write like that, I wanted to be in that world, I wanted to see my characters there. Now, WYRB is very different to Moto, but the setting is similar, but nonetheless I want to see my characters in their world, so it got me back to my desk.
What I also learned is my concentration is different to what I thought it was. I thought I needed a quiet environment, so I had my iPod turned down low. What it really meant was that I was listening to what was happening in other parts of the house, so up the volume went, and so did my productivity.
What also helps is small goals. I want to fill at least 10 pages of my notebook a day. I feel bad if I don't do it. But what makes me feel worse is heading other authors with the same publisher as me working. They're getting their stuff out, I want mine out too!
So I'm going to be working hard. I want to, and will, meet my deadline. Just how I meet the deadline, is it finished product, or still work in progress, I'm not sure, but I know my preference.
So that's what's new with me, I'll get back to writing now, I still have 5 pages to write today, ha!