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Writer’s Block

Many of you might have noticed that there’s been a pretty big gap – comparatively – between books being posted. With June 1 being the scheduled release date for Book 4, that is nearly 5 months between each book, which is quite different than the 2 – 3 months before.

The simple reason is writer’s block. For me, what happens is that I get doubtful about what I’m writing, uncertain of where the story is going or where it should go. Even if I have a rough idea, I find it difficult to keep writing.

In those cases, what happens is that I start procrastinating. Mostly by reading. Which means a lot of LitRPG authors (and some wushia authors) have gotten a bunch of money from me in the last few months ūüôā

But it does make me think that sometimes, we try to push out books too fast. I actually have recently had a bit more of a brekathrough on the book, so things have been flowing a lot better. However, if I had pushed it, I think the book itself would have been a lot worse than what it will be.

Sometimes, I think we try to push out books too fast. There are numerous (financial) incentives to keep pushing a book out every month, but I’d rather slowdown a bit and put out a better book.

Also, I actually want to enjoy my life outside of writing ūüėõ

Writing updates and more

Cover Reveal

That’s right! That’s the cover for Book 3. What do you think?

The big hold up was the title, I just couldn’t figure out what I wanted to call it. I started with the pedantic ‘Kluane Icefields’ and ended up with this.

Book 3 first draft is done, some beta readers have kindly agreed to finish the book soon so that I get time to edit and send the entire document to the editor on Dec 27.

Overall, I expect we’re good to go for a late January release.

Now what?

As mentioned, I’m taking a hiatus from the Adventures on Brad to write a new series. That’s an urban fantasy litrpg mix, should be fun to play with.

After that, I’ll be back to the System Apocalypse. Book 4 (Book 1 of the new arc) will see a shift in focus. It’ll still be John and crew, but I’ve got a few plans that should make things interesting. I’m actually kind of looking forward to it.

Lastly, since I am unlikely to post again till after the new year.

Merry Christmas! and a Happy New Year

Writing Update

Adventures on Brad Book 3

Book 3 (titled A Dungeon’s Soul)¬† is mostly done. I’m having one last Beta Read on the book because I’m too close to the book to tell if it’s good. If it comes back good, I’ll release the book soon after. If not, I might have to revise the book significantly.

On another note, Book 3 is going to be the ‘end’ of the Adventures on Brad series for a bit. I’m going to put the series to bed while I work on a different series / concept in the LitRPG genre.

I will likely return to the series at some point, but I just want to transition to trying something else. So Book 3 will be the last book in that universe for a little bit.

The System Apocalypse

Book 3 is 2/3 done right now. It’s at about 60k words or so, with one more major section to write and then the ending / conclusion. Surprisingly, this book might actually end up being slightly ‘smaller’ than the previous books. At this rate, it’ll probably end up around 80k words instead of the 90k words previous books have been. Not that I’m trying to hit a word count, just curious.

It’s also very different from Books 1 and 2, so hopefully you guys will like it.

The exclusive short-story for Lana is written as I’ve mentioned before. I haven’t had time¬† / mental space to do an edit so it’s sitting on my¬† desktop. Sorry.¬† It’ll get done before the end of the year, but editing is a different headspace (for me) than writing and between writing and my RL job, I just haven’t had time to get it sorted.

A Bad Scene (Redeemer of the Dead) – Spoilers

DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVE NOT READ BOOK 2 YET

What’s going to follow is a scene that I wrote and actually completely deleted and rewrote. There are a number of reasons for this, but mostly, it’s just a bad scene.

I could explain why, but why don’t those of you who have read the book and now read this scene tell me why it’s a bad scene. Or heck, if you like this scene better.

SPOILERS. SPOILERS. SPOILERS.

Continue reading A Bad Scene (Redeemer of the Dead) – Spoilers

Paperback released!

I have just uploaded the paperback version of Life in the North: An Apocalyptic LitRPG.

There won’t be a paperback version of A Healer’s Gift or An Adventurer’s Heart but once I am able to create a box set for that, I’ll create a paperback version. ¬†Since each of those books are only 40-50k each, I figure a full paperback of all 3 would make sense.

The other thing is the cost of producing paperbacks.  Just to get the backcover images, it cost an additional $100.  Now, knowing that each 1,000 eBooks I sell, I (might) sell a single paperback copy, you can see how it would take a VERY long time for covers to be paid back.

Thus, only producing for the System Apocalypse series for now.

Redeemer of the Dead Update

Just sent the book out to a few beta readers. ¬†Actually, I think I need at least two or three more who will get me proper feedback. ¬†Here’s what I just sent to the beta readers I chose earlier.

Hi there;

Thank you for agreeing to Beta Read Book 2 of the System Apocaypse – Redeemer of the Dead.
Please find attached the book and the Beta Reading worksheet.¬† Please read through the worksheet before you start reading. ¬†– it’ll help you understand the kind of questions I have.¬† There’s no need to fill up all the questions but detailed feedback is extremely useful.
As always, the sooner the better on getting feedback to me.¬† However, I¬†need¬†feedback by the 25th of September latest if I am to hit the Nov 1 release data as the end of the month is when I’m booked for my editor.
If you have any questions, please do contact me.
Regards,
Tao
 
(Have now gotten all the Beta Readers I need for this round.  Thanks everybody!)

The System Apocalypse Book 2 Update

Finished first draft, currently editing book 2. ¬†About half done with expected completion by end of next week at the rate I’m going. ¬†Though I haven’t hit the parts that I know where I have to add scenes (just put notes on it) so that might make it slower. ¬†Hopefully not.

After that, it’s out to beta readers and then the proofreader. ¬†Depending on feedback of course, there might be a ton of changes or very little.

Current working title is Redeemer of the Dead.

the System Apocalypse Book 2

Writing the System Apocalypse Book 2 now and I’m technically on Chapter 7 or so.¬† I started with an outline of what I wanted int he book and that’s going okay, but what I found / have found is that as I write it, more ideas on how to specifically fit in the themes / characters keep coming to me.

It’s why I haven’t posted anything in Royal Road at all since I started writing since I keep jumping back and going – oh yeah, I should add this scene.¬† Or, wait – this character here would make more sense.

Partly I think I’ve got a much better ‘feel’ for the book now that I had when I first started writing for fun.¬† The problem of course is that each time I bounce backwards, it takes longer to finish the book.

Which becomes the question – do I write fast and get a book out or write slower and ake a better book? I’m leaning towards Option 2 since I’d rather have a good book than a not as good book.¬† I’ve seen too many series get worst and since my only is myself, I’d rather make sure this is written well than just dump it out.