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If you've been on my 'Bella's workload' page then you're aware there is rather a long list of books that I'm going to be writing over the next year (or however long it takes me). Those are the ideas that have sprung up over the past three months and as I get an idea and form a synopsis, start a chapter and share those ideas with my publisher, they go up on that page. And I know that you know how I feel about ending the Waldorf Manor series because I've blogged about it. I've also received quite a few reviews/comments/personal contact forms asking me to write a fifth book. For reasons that are varied, I won't be writing a fifth. Who wants to read WM book 5, 6 and 7? Even if you're one who does (and I love you for it!) the sales will probably decline. "The Courting", book III, has been the most successful despite that 'The Solicitation' had an incredible number of sales for my first book and was #1 on BB top 50 and my ranking on Amazon was 2,300 something. 'The Courting" did better than that on Amazon but not on Blushing. It really is a toss up with how things will go and as you can see from my workload page, I have quite a few other titles to get going on.
However. As I passed the 60,000 word mark on book IV in the series last night I considered my 'Published titles' page where I announced that the book after WM is 'Sam's Silence'. I am 26 right now (27 in two days) and I started writing 'Sam's Silence' when I was 13 years old. I came up with the synopsis at that age, too. Yes. That means I was already writing traditional discipline fiction as a very very young teenager. No, I was no exposed to it. Even as a teenager who refused to date (I raised myself for several years and felt I had sortof like a 'Bennett' guiding me through proper behaviour). Nevertheless, as I sat rereading the synopsis last night I thought to myself, I don't think I can write that one next. I don't know why. But my number one rule and advice to all writers is this . . .
do. not. force. your. writing.
You need to be disciplined and apply your backside to the seat of your chair and work at it. But as you sit there - do not force your hand to write a genre or a story that isn't naturally coming out of you. Sometimes it will be difficult to find the description you need or to write the dialogue - I'm not speaking to that. I'm getting at writing according to expectation. If I ignored expectation then 'Sam's Silence' would have been a fully fledged spanking novel finished when I was 16 years old but I highly doubt anyone would have published it. It didn't have any sex in it, or anything to really blush at, but it was peers disciplining their peers for misbehaviour and breaking school rules. Please. What was I so afraid of? It's been 13 years and the bloody book still isn't written, and now that I'm ready to write it as it should have been written - I'm reconsidering.
So I make no guarantees about writing 'Sam's Silence' next because frankly, I don't work that way. I love organisation and schedules and being on time and structure, but I am also someone who is very spontaneous. My creativity overtakes me on most days and many things I'd thought or planned have to change and something new brought in. I've finally figured out that I don't have ADD or ADHD. I have 'creativity' and I'm a little eccentric. So with my self-diagnosis out in the open and understood, you will all realise that I have no idea what's coming next. I wish I could tell you which book I'm writing next or actually, maybe, just maybe, I'm going to surprise myself and write a fifth WM book. As you can tell, I write my blog posts extemporaneously - - I rarely edit so between the start of this post and where I am now, my mind has already gone over the possibility that I might rather spontaneously start writing another WM book. Or I might write one that isn't even on my workload list! Welcome to my very uncertain writing world. Stay awhile. It's nice to have company.
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