State of Play. Future plans and intentions, hopes and dreams.
Hello. These updates were meant to be monthly, but this is the first one in over a year, which I think sums up the problems I’ve been having.
Anyway, let’s start with Deeper Darker, which I’ve just completed Book 3 of. I’d say the whole series has been a bit rocky of late with too much meandering and not enough of a solid story. There have been some good bits, of course, but nowhere near enough and not at the level I would expect of myself.
A lot of that has to do with my general state of mind and lack of enthusiasm for writing (of any kind) which I don’t really understand the cause of and which I’ve tried to rectify by various methods and not really managed it.
By the way, this isn’t me announcing the end of things or anything like that. I still am very much invested in the idea of writing and believe I have a voice that is worth listening to, I’ve just got a bit tired and fuzzy in the head (medical term).
So, going forward, I still think Deeper Darker has potential and I should be able to get another two books out of it at least. I like the characters and feel I haven’t got the best out of them yet.
I intend to start Book 4 by the end of this month. Three chapters a week, which I think is the right amount to keep people’s interest, but I’m going to shorten chapter length to around 1000-1500 words (currently DD chapters are around 2500 to 3000 words).
This will make it more like the chapters I wrote for Bitter. See how that goes.
I’ve also been trying to get HTADDB and TGS back into rotation (and failing miserably) but maybe shorter chapters (or chapter parts) is the way to go. I’m going to give that a go.
Will be taking a week off before starting with HTADDB.
I’ve also got a bunch of other stories in various states of completion which I want to start putting out. Not sure if they’ll be of interest, but you never know. They are varied in genres and format.
Thanks for sticking with me during these inconsistent times. I hope to pay back some of that faith with actual stories pumped out like the old days. Is it possible? We shall see in a week.