Writing With a One Track Mind

While I was waiting on feedback from my Beta Readers I began edits on book two of my series, The Heroes of Calvano Security. Sounds like a great idea, right? Well… maybe not so much. Let me explain what happened.

One Story at a Time

The books in my series are individual stories that intertwine but could technically be read as stand alone books. What I mean is I don’t have six books that tell different portions of the same story line. This means each book is different then the last. Once I jumped into book two my brain was dead set on finishing up the edits on their story. I love each of my characters but the chatter in my head from them is pretty clear and often annoying. I need to listen. (Yes, I know this sounds crazy… fellow writers tell me you get me?) Anyway, the edits and notes started coming in on book one and I quickly realized I wasn’t going to be able to get into them in depth until I finished what I started.

Let’s Talk Benefits

So let’s start with the good. Since I have a one track mind when it comes to writing I get a entire book to a semi completed phase before I even think about starting the next one. Now, don’t get me wrong they need revision and edits but the story line is there. On average my books around 50,000 words. A the first draft I am normally around where around 30,000 and the rest gets added in revision. This is something I desperately want to change because I am working on cleaner first drafts but for now, this is how it works for me.

While I am writing the first draft of the current book the other characters will come to me. But I always, always finish before starting the next. This makes my writing process pretty liner. I may jot down some names, or an idea on the plot, but that’s it. The rest of my attention is focused solely on the book I’m living in. Since I’m not a degree holding writer I have no idea if I am doing this right. It works for me though, and I’m okay with that!

With Every Up There is a Down

So let’s talk about the downside. During the beta reading process I have had multiple calls and emails exchanged with one of my main readers. This has provided me information that is helpful for edits on all of my books. Things like, recommendations on how to handle dialog, past and present tens with POV and more. While I was waiting for my manuscript I began applying some of these concepts to the second book and I could already tell it was better then the first.

Each book takes multiple read throughs, right now my goal is to just get book two done so I can read the detailed notes from book one. Here in lies the problem. If there are big juicy changes needed in book one that may effect book two! Clearly no one warned me of the potential complications on writing a series. I’ve had to come up with a plan for myself and I’m going to stick with it. As much as it’s killing me to hold off on book one edits I know I won’t be successful until I get book two where I want it to be. Once it is with my beta’s I’ll work on book one. Then edits will start again on book two. Are you following me yet? Honestly, even I’m confused. Regardless I’m hoping for the best! Wish me luck. šŸ™‚

Has anyone else struggled with this? Maybe it’s not even writing, but something else in your life you struggle to follow the process with. If so share below! I’d love to hear from you.

Happy Reading.

-Nikki Rome

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USA Today Best Selling Romance Author Nikki Rome has been a romance junky since a young age. As a girl she reached for book after book, looking for that happily ever after she always believed in. She loves all forms of romance and you can find her latest read not far from her reach. Nikki writes contemporary romance with a touch of danger and kink. Her love of realistic characters who face real problems provides a story that touches the hearts of many. As a writer, reader and lover of words, it only made sense that she publish her stories. Now years letter she owns and manages Smut Lovers: The Community. A group of like minded individuals that come together to talk about their love of all things smut. You can find her hosting Smut Lovers: The Podcast or running Smut Lovers: The Conference. Either way you know she'll always be talking about her love of books.

2 thoughts on “Writing With a One Track Mind

  1. I love to focus on one thing, and I struggle when that becomes difficult for whatever reason. I realized recently that the thing I miss most about working outside of the house is having a shift when I can forget about the jumble of life and focus on my job. I want that focus to flow into writing, but unless I start leaving the house, which isn’t an option, it’s not going to happen.
    Good luck on your books!

    1. That flow is hard with interruptions! Which means my one track mind gets stopped and started about a million times. Slowly but surely I’m learning to deal with it. Who knows? Maybe someday it will get better.

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