Extracted. It’s been all about Extracted for the last year. It was my first copy edit, the first time I worked with an editor…basically it was my first everything. Now I’m transitioning onto book two of the series.
When I wrote Extracted, it was all fun and games. Now it feels like work. Not because of pressure anyone has put on me, just something internal. I feel the transition to book two is hard because I pulled out all the stops I could on book one. In book one, I had the luxury of creating a world and I could do pretty much whatever I wanted, as long as Sherry approved it. Now I’m limited to the world I’ve created in book two. I could write something and knock the socks off my editor. Now I HAVE to knock my editor socks off. Rediscovering new and creative ways to continue on with the story and make it fun is a difficult transition. As I write, I wonder if I’m giving them what they want.
I guess the real issue is that I surprised myself with Extracted and didn’t realize I could write for more than just a hobby. I’m afraid I’ll let Sherry, my new fans, or everyone at Spencer Hill Press down.
I’ve been through so many transitions in my life. Single to married, zero kids to four kids, bought and sold lots of homes, heck I moved three times in 2012, but this transition seems to be the hardest. I know once I get past this horrible head game that I’m playing with myself, the words will flow. But it’s like Theodore Roosevelt said, “Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty…”