I just finished a really good book, Unscripted by Lisa Swallow. The only problem it was just Book One. Then the author blogged that she had an upsetting personal experience and the Book Two will be postponed. And it’s not as if I don’t understand all of this. I do. Because there are just some things you do not want to re-visit. And I will keep looking for the second book, it was just that good, but it did pose a question for me.
I have spent a lot of time, more than I ever have before, working on a novella. I had planned on doing a second novella to finish the story. But what if for some reason I won’t be able to finish it? Will people be disappointed? And then I have to ask myself if anyone will read it in the first place and if they do would they even want a second book? No one may even know or care I wrote the first one so they wouldn’t care if the story was finished or not.
Is anyone getting a hint of self-doubt here?
I have no doubt when Rae and I write. The thing is we have each other to fall back on. But this year-long project is just me. It has taken me this long because I have tried t0 take this one slower than some of the others that I have rushed to put out there before they were ready. Or should never have been published at all. Just ego wanting a book of mine in e-print.
Now, if I go ahead with the current book, which I will let’s not fool ourselves here, I’m thinking I should write a novel instead of two novellas. Just put it all together at once. Good discipline for me. Good for anyone who reads the damn thing because it will all be there. It will take longer but then I have already spent a helluva lot of time on it anyway. And when you think about it, it will not take any longer to write one novel than two novellas. Right?
The author who wrote the book I just finished said that when she couldn’t go back to writing she spent her time on the administrative/managing side of her business. And that is something else I need to work on.
But that is a blog for another day.