Having too much to do is a problem I’ve been face with lately. Whereas when I initially wrote Caught Somewhere in Time, I had only work, school, and family to worry about. Now that I have finished school, I thought that maybe I’d have more time. The last year has proven that to be completely false. Work got busier, and it seemed family got busier also, as if to fill in the void left in my day where I used to study. My wife says sometimes that if something is important to me, that I’ll find a way to make it happen. Easier said than done though. When I realized a few months ago that a whole new round of edits would be needed for CSIT, and I decided that it was time for the sequel, I was sure I’d be able to make it important, and therefore find the time. Right now I have the time to work on it, but I’m blogging instead. Why? Because this, I decided, is also important.
Since its relaunch, CSIT is posting weekly instead of its original biweekly schedule while I was originally writing it. This is what I wanted to do the first time around, but I ultimately gave myself some really good advice: If I put too much pressure on myself to meet a tough schedule, I will be unhappy writing, and both me and my story will suffer. So every two weeks allowed me time to write and give a first edit before releasing a chapter. Once I finished the epilogue, I decided I’d better do a word count, and found that I had too long a book! So I decided what would get cut (don’t worry, the plot is not affected and some things are simply being moved into the sequel instead), and decided to make fewer chapters by combining pieces and rearranging too. This gives me more options regarding the future of this piece of writing. Now with weekly release dates and longer chapters, CSIT will seem to move faster than it did if you read the last posted draft.
The Center of Eternity is posting biweekly now, so I have time to write each piece of the story. These chapters will be similar in length to those of CSIT, and I will focus on keeping the book a decent length, so it also has options for the future. I am only a beginning author, and I have no delusions of grandeur. For now I am happy just to write and be read, and this medium seems to be a good way to do that. I want to be careful however, not to put unnecessary limitations on myself in case something good does happen.
So I have stayed busy, trying to keep my writing important to me, but not letting it overpower any of the other things I’ve got going on.