For years, I baulked at joining a writer's group because I didn't want my writing to be overshadowed by the idea of sitting around sipping cups of tea while critiquing writing - that sounded too much like a book club, not a writer's group. But at last I succumbed and joined the local group. And I'm glad I did, though I do follow my instinct and if my gut tells me now is a good time, then now is a good time.
Our first session for 2015 should be being held next week, and from what I understand we each submit around 1000 words for critique by the rest of the members. Considering I'm halfway through Book two of a four book series, I've decided to write a novel in conjunction with my current project. And since I won't have the time to write two novels at once I thought I'd submit the first 2000 words of each chapter to the group, and this was I can also gauge interest. If I can't hook readers in the first 2000 words of each chapter, then I run the risk of not capturing them at all.
And then later on I can go back in and fill in the blanks.
So my question is this: Have you written multiple books at once?
The Creative Penn has an article on how to write more than one book at a time. http://www.thecreativepenn.com/2012/08/29/work-on-more-than-one-book/
What tools did you find effective? Was the process worth it?
And what about readers who read multiple books at the same time. I'm guilty of that. I'm currently reading Magician by Raymond E Feist and I'm midway through The Twelve by Justin Cronin.
Agent turned author, Nathan Bransford received a lot of responses when he asked the question if readers cheat on books by reading other books. http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2014/04/do-you-read-multiple-books.html
Monday, 5 January 2015
Writing multiple books at once
D L Richardson is the author of the Welcome to the Apocalypse trilogy, the Shivers series, and 3 young adult paranormal books. She is currently writing a new sci-fi series Earth Quarantined. She grew up on sci-fi TV classics such as Lost in Space, Space 1999, Bionic Woman. Most of the movies she watched as a kid were on TV, and the first sci-fi movie she saw in a cinema was Return of the Jedi. She’s also a fan of classic horror movies such as Evil Dead and Hellraiser. She used to watch these on VHS as a teen with her friends when she was meant to be doing homework. Books are known to spill out of every available space in her home. TWo of her favorite authors are Dean Koontz and Anne Rice. Her favorite book is The Hobbit. When she's not writing, she can be found wandering in her yard waging war on weeds, watching back-to-back episodes on Netflix, playing her piano or guitar, curled up on the couch reading a book, or walking the dog.