Bad enough that I write one book in a month, but that I do two books in a month is ridiculous.
It won't be quite that -- The Darkness You Fear will take longer -- but pretty close. Also, these are first drafts and they will have to be worked on. But still...
The thing you have to understand is that I give the entire day over to it. Morning to one book, afternoon-evening to another book. No kids, no job, no responsibilities.
It does take quite an adjustment. I wrote half a chapter the day before yesterday in the wrong tense. Then today I wrote half a chapter in first person when it should be third person. Easily fixed, but even when I caught myself doing it, I couldn't seem to stop myself.
That and the tone. The first book is breezy, light-hearted, the second book is more serious.
So there has to be a break between the two books. I let several hours go by. Also, just driving out to the Badlands and going for short walks seems to get me in the mood for Virginia's western atmosphere.
The November book was meant to be easy -- a knockoff, early morning 2000 words whatever came to me. But 12K words in it seems to be turning into a real book, which adds a little pressure I didn't expect.
So...two books. How prodigious is that? Ridiculous. I don't think I'll do this again.
5 days ago