So we're nearly at NaNoWriMo. If you're not familiar with it, this is when every November tons of writers attempt to knock out an entire novel in one month. Sometimes really good stuff comes out of this, but sometimes you just get a lot of frustrated writers with a self-imposed deadline. Either way, writing gets done, which I approve of.
Here's the catch. I'm supposed to be editing. Everyday I'm shaving words off, cutting scenes, and weighing my word count. I feel a certain obligation to participate in NaNoWriMo, but I wonder if my participation will be at the expense of getting The Paladin cleaned up and where it needs to be for publication.
I have no representation yet, so I certainly have immediate obligations to get my stuff done, but at the same time, I feel like I've waited way too long to put myself fully into my writing. So what's a querying writer to do?
So... I thought I'd ask you guys. Anyone out there that stumbles by my blog, what do you think? If I did another story, it would be much shorter than The Paladin, but likely in the same world. I've got a prequel of sorts that focuses on Reagan McCarthy (check out the first three chapters on the home page if you're confused) and his time in the Academy. It actually leads right up to the beginning of The Paladin, and would do so without giving away any spoilers.
Of course, I have three other potential stories floating in my brain, too! One about a hunter working for the BDA (see Val's Blog in my earlier posts,) and one about what happens to Reagan and the other side characters after the end of The Paladin.
So, peoples of the internet. What should I do? Write one of these? If so, which one? Or should I just remain focused on my current work and get it where it needs to be? Let me know in the comments or on Facebook or Twitter.
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