Monday 9 April 2012

Draft 5 complete

Draft five of Lord of Underhill is complete and ready to send off, should it be requested.  There were a lot of finicky details to get sorted out, especially the American spelling.  But it is good to go, which is nice.

I've begun the manuscript for the sequel, King of Underhill.  I have done some outlines and written out some scenes but now I'm starting to put it all together.  It took me about a year to write the first manuscript.  I'll be curious to see if I'm any faster with a sequel.

I'm putting aside my as yet unnamed novel about the powerful burlesque dancer and the psychometric social worker.  I've been having a lot of fun playing with it, but I think it might be good to try and focus on the Underhill series for now.  I'll probably keep going back to it, though.

I guess that's one of the difficulties about transitioning from writing as a hobby to writing as a career.  I have to approach it more as a business.  I can't just write what seems fun at the time.  Of course, I may be being premature since no one has actually offered to pay me anything as yet.  It still seems like a good habit to be into.

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