Yesterday was an intense and wonderful day. Not only did I break my record for most words written in a day, I finished Endure. In case you don’t follow me on Twitter or my Facebook Fan Page, it took over five and a half hours, but I tapped out 13,333 words. What does that amount to? The first draft of Endure is officially done. I am excited, to say the least.
This book has been hard to write. I started it at the end of November, wrote about 20,000 words, and then didn’t touch it until the middle of January. After that it was a lot of start and stop. Write 11,000 words one day and then not write for a week. Write for two more days and add another 6,000 words, then stop for a week. I’ve known how this series was going to end since I finished writing Exiled. I especially had the last scene in mind. It’s true some things changed over the course of the book, and even now having just written The End, some things were altered from my original vision, but it left me wondering if I’ve known how this was all going to happen, why did it take me so long to write? I mean, in reality I only spent about seven weeks of actual writing time, but this book has been in progress since November. What gives?
The truth is, I think there are a lot of things involved in this. The first being that I had all the major scenes planned out, but not the transitional scenes. I became stuck in some of those for quite some time, and rather than write through it and fix it later, I waited it out and wanted to get it right the first time. I don’t know if I successfully managed that, but I’ll know when I go through my first round of revisions. The second reason for this was that it’s the last book. I think it was harder than I expected to close it off and let it all go. I’ve been working on this series for four years and it’s been one hell of a journey, both good and bad. Part of me, I think, wasn’t ready to say goodbye. That, and I’m terribly nervous about it. It’s the last book! I don’t want to disappoint any of you. Of course there are other reasons involved as well, but in the essence of saving time, we’ll save those for another day.
I’m going to be jumping straight into revisions later today, and I’m really looking forward to seeing how this all comes together from a reading perspective. I’ll be reading the story from beginning to end, cleaning it up as I go along, and changing/adding some stuff that I missed putting in the first round. This revision could take a week, two weeks, or more. It all depends on how the story goes. If there are some major revisions needed, it could take me much longer. If all goes splendidly, I’ll have Endure off to my critique partners the last week of March, work on revisions from there, and hopefully after it goes through the editor, you’ll see the book available in May. I really wanted to have this book out in April, but with the delay in writing this draft, that just isn’t feasible.
And finally, I plan to start writing the first book in my new series as soon as I send Endure off to betas. I’ll be going back and forth with those two books until Endure is published, and I’m looking to put that one out late summer/early fall. Again, I try not to be too accurate right now because it’s a new series and I haven’t even started writing the first book, so I’ll have more for you on that in the future. I’ll be releasing the series name for that around the same time that Endure comes out, as well as hopefully the title. Endure’s cover is being worked on now, or will be soon, and if all goes well you’ll get your hands on that next month!
Oh, and I almost forgot. The entire Protector series is on sale right now. Shift is and Release are $2.00 off, and Exiled is down to $2.99. This is a deal on at Amazon and Kobo only. If any of you would help spread the word, I would be eternally grateful. I’d love to see the Protector series move up the charts before Endure comes out, and I know that can’t happen without your help!
Hope everyone is having an awesome week so far! Happy Tuesday.