Book 2 is due to my editor at the end of this month… No, I’m fooling myself; it’s due in a week and a few days. There, that’s more appropriately panic inducing. ‘Month’ sounded so far away.
I’m actually feeling pretty hopeful about the process. Not for any good reason except that the story is entertaining me, which I suppose IS a good reason. Maybe the best reason.
I’ve said it before, but I’m going to say it again — not that I have any proof of this except my own experience, but I’m mostly saying it for my own benefit so whatever:
A story doesn’t have to be perfect. It just has to be compelling.
‘Just’ sounds easy like ‘month’ sounds far away. Compelling isn’t easy, but perfection is even harder. As a recovering perfectionist, I should know.
So I’m going to trundle along with the goal of just compelling. I give myself through the weekend, at which point I predict a freak-out of truly epic proportions when ‘a week and a few days’ becomes ‘a week and a day.’