by Rain Trueax
of the bigger problems I wrestle with as a writer is-- what goes into
the book? How much of what I know should be in the plot or revealed as part of the character's personality? It's not a simple
question, as writers know. Most every book takes a lot of
research. There is that which is done before the first word is written,
but then new questions must be answered as the story unfolds. There is always much
more than the average reader would probably find of interest.
paranormal, work-in-progress has several of those potential pitfalls.
For one thing, politics are a subplot. Considering our current political
atmosphere, in terms of plot, not much would seem unrealistic-- even
without ghosts, monsters, witches, and demons to complicate it.
Then I debated whether I should
have my hero be in a political party that is not popular with my normal
readers-- right away they won't like him.
The thing is nothing else would work for the plot. The heroine and her
family, of course, are in the opposing party. How much of that to put
into the book? And that doesn't even get to my interest in reincarnation
theories, an element of the plot. It's not like the average romance reader
wants their book to turn into a treatise on spiritual theories.
With this, and assorted other distractions, my WIP will be lucky to get out
by the end of May. This has frustrated me because I read that minimally you should have a book coming out every month. Some say every two weeks with the ultimate goal being 2 to 7 books a week. Seriously!!!???
Even one a month, is not happening for me, last year, I released 5 books-- a
full length novel of 111,248 words; 2 contemporary paranormals 60,965 and 61,555, and 2 novellas (women starting over-- one contemporary
and one historical-- 22,710 and 29,386. After looking up their word count for this piece, I added them together-- 295,864 words (good math practice). Even if they'd all been novellas, that only would have made for ten books-- assuming I had ten original plots in mind. This year with no released books is definitely not keeping up-- not smart if someone wants to sell. Neither, of course, is switching genres as I did in '16, but a gal's gotta do what a
gal's gotta do! I think...