Sometimes when you need to write, nothing comes to you, and other times your writing fills up six pages of your journal before you know it.
The last couple of nights I’ve started the process of working on an official second draft of the Sex, Life, & Hannah Summer Season, the third book in my series about romance gone to hell. Do you like that? The romance going to hell part? It’s a new slogan I’m trying out…please let me know, coming up with a slogan, a tag line if you wish, is something I’ve struggled with since 2007. But I digress.
I can’t say my re-writing started off with a bang. In fact it was the complete opposite. I toiled over two paragraphs, ended up deleting more than actually writing, and actually created more work for myself. Of course this is going to make the book better, but still, it’s frustrating that this book is taking so long to be birthed. The first two came so quickly (relatively), and this one, it’s been over a year, and I’m just getting started on the official round two. It makes me wonder if I’ve lost the touch, the voice, style, or whatever it is that I had in the first two books.
The doubts are luckily fleeting, I know if I could run away to Palm Springs, alone, without my phone, and lock myself in a hotel room with no internet service, the official round two would get done in a week. It’s hard not to be distracted and just focus on my book right now. I have the client that keeps knocking, the movie me and hubbie produced that I want to turn into positive cash flow, the actress that just called about how she loves hubbie’s script and wants us to start shopping it to some people she knows, the next round of taxes that really need to get done, and the mail I still haven’t opened since getting back from Europe.
What is the point of me writing about this today? I want you to be patient. I want me to be patient. In fact, patience is something I am planning on writing more about next week.
Book 3, the Summer Season, it’s going to be fucking fantastic, the major story shifts that me and the editors have agreed on…yes, they are going to require a lot of work, but they are going to make the book that much better. It’s all going to be worth it in the end. The other part of the “worth it” being that by doing this shifting I should be able to give you two books next year, and complete this one year of this girl Hannah’s misadventures. Have you noticed there are a lot of characters lately in TV, books, and movies, named Hannah? But I digress.
Please be patient, and next year you will have two amazingly juicy, scandalous, and heart-wrenching books that will make you laugh, cry, and pound your fists: The Summer and Fall seasons of Sex, Life, & Hannah.