Strangest Writing Project

Update on my strangest writing project: the family cookbook. Yes, it is a thing, and I have photos of things I cooked from it to prove it, lol. Soon this baby will fly. Stay tuned.

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Women Authors of Maryland

Just went to an awesome first meeting for the Women Authors of Maryland Sunday. Can’t wait to see what will become of the group. #womenwriters #marylandwriters #marylandwomenwriters

Completing a Series

Recently, I was asked by a writer on how to complete the third installment in her series while the first installment was still undergoing editing. The concern was, what if the edits substantially alter books 2 and 3? Should she even pursue book 3, or should I wait?

I’ve had this dilemma in my own series (Medusa), as I will be possibly changing one important fact (shortening the time frame for the events in the book) in book 1 as I convert it from poetry to prose. Should I do this, it will actually sync up with what I had written in book 2. So, I have a later book that will influence the rewrite of book 1.

So, the question begs, do you stop all work and just focus on the book that you are editing or do you push on with the 3 book? In the other writer’s case, I told her it is better for her to finish the third book while the muse is still working, at least to lay down the framework for what needs to happen to wind down the series. At the moment, she cannot do anything to book 1 as it is with an editor.

In my own work, I have worked on both projects at once. Revising book 1, while also writing book 2. Why? Because I need to keep going to get to book 3. Yes, I know along the way, I will have to rewrite some sections in the portions already completed. However, sometimes it is best just to push through and edit later.

Anyone else run into this?  Personally, just finishing one book is an accomplishment, let alone trying to finish three 🙂

J.L.

2019 Special

For the new year, I would like to extend the following special. Get either of my two books for a special price of $9 shipped. Save $10 over regular price with shipping. Check the links below for descriptions, but email me directly at jennsmithak at gmail.com to take advantage of this offer. I accept PayPal. And, yes, I will sign them.

Medusa: https://www.politics-prose.com/book/9781624291272

Weathered Fragments: https://www.politics-prose.com/book/9781624291524

Welcome to 2019!

Today is the day we think about goals for this new year. Think about it, what do you want 2019 to bring to you? What do you want to make happen?

I was blessed to publish my second book of poetry, publish 17 individual poems and hold my first reading. Yet, there will be more to come in 2019.

My goals for 2019:

Set up my writing coach boot camps and anthologies (more on this later)

Convert my poem series Medusa to prose (novella). I started work on this yesterday

Finish the Fleeting Lights, a book that I started long, long time ago

Publish the family cookbook (this has been sent to the publisher)

Complete poem collection, Beyond the Pink

Publish a minimum of 5 blog posts a week (been slacking here).

How about you?