Posted by: katjorgensen | July 30, 2012

What doesn’t kill you ma…

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

Talk about your dog days of summer.  This summer has been nothing short of scorching!  I’ve tried hunkering down inside the house as much as possible.  So what have I been doing?  A little bit of everything.  And a lot of writing related things.

I’m still working on the second book in my mystery series.  : (

Lesson learned: never say when a book will be out until it has been edited and proofed and is ready to go.

I was naive enough to believe that I’d write two books in the series this year.  Life intruded.  And it didn’t happen.  I put all kinds of pressure on myself to produce this book before it was ready.

Even though I was reasonably happy with the book, the editor wasn’t entirely.  She knew I was capable of putting out a stronger book.  And that’s what I’m doing.  Fixing it to be the best it can be.

Lesson learned:  Hang in there to produce your best product and retain your readership.  A book not up to par can turn off readers.  We work hard enough to entertain in the first place.  Don’t do less than your absolute best.

Part of the “problem” – if you can call it that – with this book is that I was facing some life issues when I wrote the first part of the book.  Nothing serious, but just enough to mess with my muse.  Evidently my voice went into hiding for the first 75 pages or so.  But then, it reappeared and as the editor said, my writing sparkled.  So now I’m trying to put that sparkle into the first 75 pages.  To do that, I had to slash those pages, start the story in a different place and now I have to weave in storylines to go with that revised beginning.

Lesson learned:  Protect my voice. Don’t let life take the joy out of my writing.  And that’s a huge lesson to learn.  Life is hard enough without losing your joy in anything that you do.

I pride myself in trying to stay upbeat in all kinds of situations.  And I can usually do it.  But I couldn’t fool my inner voice.  She took all of my stress and ran with it.

Bottom line:  The book will be done when it’s done.  I’m not even speculating when that will be.  It is what it is.  And I’m hoping the third book, which is plotted out and ready to be written, will be patient with me while I revise the 2nd book.

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  1. That was another excellent post today. You make it look so easy. Thanks so much for sharing. I really enjoyed reading it very much. Have a wonderful day!

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    • Thank you for the kind words. : )

  2. I’ll be looking forward to it!

    • You’re so sweet, Kim. Thank you.

  3. Awww – nice post! Things to think about in many aspects of life 🙂

    Looking forward to the 2nd book when you and the book are ready!

    • Thank you, Torre. I’ll be sure to let you know when it is ready.

  4. What a great attitude! Looking at all the “lessons you have learned” instead of grumbling about do-overs, you are using the task as a positive experience. Perhaps knitting has contributed to your concept that not all frogging is bad? Book 2 will be even better because of the re-writes and your fans are eagerly awaiting it when you deem it is ready.

    • Yes, I’ve learned alot about the creative process from knitting. I try to learn new things every day. I think you can teach an old dog new tricks : )

      Thank you for the kind words, Remy.

  5. A kindle is going top of my Christmas list this year Kat, so then I’ll be able to read your books. I can’t wait!

    • You’re so sweet, Helen. Thank you for commenting.

  6. Excellent post, Kat. You’re right. Those books will be finished when they are! : ) Looking forward to your next one.

    • Thank you, Carol. I’ve really been hunkered down with this book. I appreciate your friendship and support. xoxo.

  7. I’m sure it will be a great read and well worth the extra work. Ros

    • Thank you, Ros. I just want to do my best : )

  8. Hi Kat! I just loved your first book and can’t wait to see what will happen next, …but I know it will be worth the wait, so take your time. We’ll be here whenever the book is ready!

    • Awww, thank you, Deb. Edits are going well. I’m enjoying the journey and loving these characters. Thank you for your support.


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