Developing The Second Novel

by Shelt Garner

This weekend, in an effort to switch things up, I’m going to develop the second novel in the five novel series. I have a really good beginning and ending, but I have no idea what happens in between. I have a pretty good idea of what the mid point is, but I don’t know what happens other than that.

The first two books of this five novel series deal with the infancy of my Lisbeth Salander like character.

I have a big, vague void between the beginning and the end of the novel. But that’s the fun part of all of this, figuring out how to create a plot out of whole cloth. Things are really beginning to get good with these series. The issue is, I have to put in the work.

But using the weekends to develop is really speeding the process of finishing these five novels up a great deal. It also helps with cooling me down after running creatively hot by the Thursday afternoons. I don’t want to burn myself out. Just doing something, anything, other than focusing on the first few chapters of the first novel’s outline will help.

Anyway, this weekend I’m going to continue to read and develop. I hope to throw myself back into the first novel come Sunday afternoon. But it’s very relaxing to flip the script some every weekend.

I hope to get as close as possible to finishing all five novels within about a year as I possibly can. I’m prepared to give myself no more than about two years because that will be the 20 anniversary of my first arrival in South Korea in 2004.

But I hope to wrap things up well before then. I love writing five novels because if all else fails, I can bounce to a different novel in the series and struggle with it instead of struggling with the one I’m working on. I really need to hurry up, though.

I’m not going to live forever.

Author: Shelton Bumgarner

I am the Editor & Publisher of The Trumplandia Report

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