A little planning goes a long way…

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I started out writing as a pantser, but found I really need some planning to reach the finish line. As it turns out I’m not the only one who found working out the details between books challenging. Patrick Rothfuss spent years writing the story for his Kingkiller Chronicle only publishing the first book after a long editing process. The second book took a few years to get right and now it’s been almost a decade between the second and third books. The main problem he’s had according to the articles I’ve read are in balancing what he’s published with his original drafts of the story. Personally, I don’t want to take that long between books, so I’m investing some time now to reconcile issues I’ve already encountered between Fantastic America, and Midwestern Magicians. I’m a bit of an over achiever in some ways, so I’m also reconciling books three and four tentatively titled, The Steaming South and Raising New Orleans, with all the short stories I’ve written so far. I’d hate to make anyone wait a decade between books!

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