OK, so I couldn't stand it anymore. I started writing my second book in earnest yesterday. The friend that I was hoping would help me edit my book said, in fact, that she would help me. And so with that, I sort of felt a bit more free to start on the second book.
My friend gave me some really great constructive criticism too, in regards to my first book. I appreciated her comments and I am thinking about making some changes. I don't know if I can make them before the contest deadline, but I may try to incorporate some of her suggestions.
And so yes, I have started writing my second book. I really like it - much better even than the first one. If all goes well, it will be part of a series. And I find myself becoming obsessed once again. I am thinking about it all the time. I am constantly turning to my blackberry to write some more. That was how I wrote the first one. I am not sure I ever told you that. I would write and write and write on my Blackberry and then I would re-type it or email it to myself to get it on the computer. Not very efficient, but it seems to be the only way I can find the time to do it. You may wonder why I would retype it rather than email it most of the time, but honestly, it's because as I would retype it into the computer, I would change pieces. It was almost like editing it as I typed it out. Very helpful.
I also find that I want to drop everything again and just write. I want to go to a hotel or a 24 hour coffee shop and just be left alone. I think about it all the time. I am not able to sleep for laying there and thinking about what to write next. I need to try and find balance so that I don't let the house get totally out of hand this time. But it's hard when you have a story rattling around in your brain that is trying to jump out onto a piece of paper. Actually, it's trying to jump out onto my Blackberry or my computer, but you get what I mean.
I even find it hard to sit here and write this post. But I will try not to drop the blog this time. I hope to still come on here most days to write a post so that, hopefully, my readership will continue to increase. Plus, I really do enjoy writing about a lot of different stuff. But if you see a decrease in my posts, at least you'll know why and hopefully will forgive me.
I also hope you will forgive me if I write about my writing experience as I continue on the book journey. I like to think you all want to hear about what is going on with all of this. I hope anyway!
Joshua and I are at my parents today. He is off school. And since he and PaPa are thick as thieves, you know what I will be doing as soon as I finish this post. I will be typing like crazy on my tiny Blackberry keys to try and write some more before we go home this afternoon. Sigh. Heaven. . .