I know it’s been ages since I’ve posted here – there are several reasons for that. One is that the baby’s nap schedule has gone all catawampus, and in mid-February, he decided that only one nap per day is necessary. (He turned about a week ago, so this was somewhat early, though not entirely unexpected. He’s adorable but a terrible sleeper.)
The other – much more entertaining reason – is that toward the end of January, I was bit by a rabid plot bunny, and since I was having trouble with The Country Alpha – for reasons I’ll get into in a minute – I decided to pay attention. I wasn’t looking to write a different story – but sometimes that’s the way it goes, isn’t it? Sometimes you just sort of stumble across an idea when you’re not even looking.
And aren’t those the ideas that always turn out to be the best ideas after all?
I started writing what I called the “Standalone Story” on January 20 – and I finished the fifth draft, 63,000 words later, on March 7. I can’t remember the last time I wrote that quickly, but I’m super pleased with the results. The book is with several trusted readers now before it goes into final edits in early April, and hopefully will be ready to post by the end of April, or early May at the latest.
The best part about writing my Standalone Story, though – I had so much fun writing it that I realized what was wrong with The Country Alpha. It wasn’t just that I wasn’t having fun writing it. It was that the characters themselves weren’t having fun living it. Their story was dragging, they were dragging, and the whole thing was just… long. Very long. And boringly long.
What do you do when the story you’re writing – the story you had in mind from almost the beginning – doesn’t work?
You take a breath, shove everything into a folder marked “OLD VERSION”… and you start fresh.
Which is exactly what I did on Monday, and now I’m over 20,000 words in, and I love what I’m writing – and I can tell the characters are much happier, too.
So the good news is that there will be a new story ready in the next six weeks, and the second part of the Downing Cycle is going to be much better than I originally envisioned.
The bad news? It might not be ready by August, when I originally planned for it to come out.
Not to end on a negative note, though: let me tell you a little bit about my new book, due to be released in a few weeks. The Omega Nanny is a fun, sweet, sexy, tropey story about a single alpha dad in need of a new nanny – and a single omega busboy in need of a new job. Neither of them is looking for a mate – so of course they find each other!
I guess that’s what accidental stories and love have in common: you always find exactly what you need when you’re not actually looking for it!