Okay I haven't said anything about "The Ship" lately so I thought I'd bring you all up to date on what's happening on that front. The news is that there's been a lot of writing and rewriting of scenes as I try to get the first draft done. I find writing the 2nd book more slow at times, but the quality of what I'm creating is better overall. Because I know some of what to watch out for. Are the characters behaving like themselves? Am I making the motivations for their actions clear? Is this believable? Are things easy to follow and not confusing for the reader? Am I doing a good job introducing and re-introducing the main characters for both previous readers and those who are new to the series?
Usually, a lot of this would be caught in the second and third drafts. But from my perspective, a lot of this has make sense to ME before I can expect my readers to follow it. And if what I've done isn't working for me, there's a problem. I'm one of those author's who says, "Hey, this part does not jibe with what I've got going on over here. This has to be fixed now!" As you can tell I'm one those people who can't leave it as is and just redo it later. I sometimes feel like I'm the character Sheldon Cooper from "The Big Bang Theory". Which would probably explain why whenever I complete a really good scene I yell "BAZINGA!"
Luckily, I'm not on a tight schedule. I don't plan on releasing "The Ship" until the end of September or beginning of October later this year. However, in spite of this, I still want to get a lot of this story done right the first time. And I'm taking extra measures to make sure the final product surpasses the original in quality. I'm adding a few more Beta-Readers, and grammar editors for a start. From there, I'll be getting some professional editing done as well. I've already got the book cover ready and you can see down below this post. This saves some time down the road and is one of the perks of being an artist as well as an author.
Another added benefit to this plan is that I'll have some down time between waiting to hear back from beta-readers and grammar checkers. During that period, I'll working on book number three, "The Door". I'll also be focusing on "The Vampyre Blogs" as well. Hopefully this will mean a shorter wait time for my readers between future releases. At least that's what I'm hoping for.
That's all for now. See you all again real soon. Take care and have a great week everyone.
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