When “The End” is not the end 7


I finished the first draft of the next in the Hauberk series a few days ago. This one is Troy’s and Sandy’s story (you haven’t met Troy yet–he’s mentioned in Personal Protection but doesn’t get a speaking part until Deliberate Deceptions.)  A big part of the story is Scott — who you did meet in Personal Protection. Yes, Scott does get it on with Troy and Sandy. I wasn’t sure whether he was going to stay with them or not until I was three quarters the way through the first draft and Scott decided the matter for me.

When I typed “The End” I was quite happy with how the story had turned out.  Oh, sure, I have a ton of notes that I’ve left for myself that I had to go back and change, scenes to be added, places that need to be smoothed out/shortened/extended.  That’s usual for my first draft. But the bones of the story is in place. I know who my characters are, what they think they want and what they actually need. It’s all good.

I usually let a first draft sit on the proverbial shelf for a week before I start to edit it. This gives me time to cogitate a bit more now I finally know all the facets of the characters and the plots. To make additional notes about possible plot problems or ways to deepen a character or how to show something better than I did in the first draft.

It also gives me time to deal with the usual ‘second guessing’ phase that occurs after each book.

Part of my second-guessing this time around is the buzz I’m hearing from various sources that menages aren’t selling well these days, that people are getting tired of that sub-genre. It’s enough that I’m wondering whether I need to rip my story apart and take that element out. Which means a total rewrite. Because it would also change Sandy’s character–her motivation etc. and by extension, Troy’s reactions.

This is where I have to ask myself do I write with an eye on what might sell better or do I tell the story the way I see it playing out?  I know which decision I’ll probably make (telling the story I want to tell) but I still have those doubts…


7 thoughts on “When “The End” is not the end

  • grumpybybirth

    I think stories should always be told they were they are. I can't wait to read it no matter what though. I love your books!

  • Mary G

    Hi Leah
    First of all, you have the advantage of it being part of a series & there are some of us who will read it no matter what.
    Second, I remember Eve Silver (at the RWA meeting where I met you for the first time) saying write for yourself. Don't write what is the trend now becuase by the time yuor book publishes, it'll have changed again. Unless it's your edotr/publisher saying it's dead in the water, I wouldn't give up.

    If menages are on their way out how come that's all I see out there especially in ebooks.

  • Leah Braemel

    Wow, Mary, you are more up on what's going on in the writing world than I am! Thanks for that link. (That's going on the TBB list.)

    I plan to keep it the way it is, but the second-guessing and the doubting is part and parcel of my writing unfortunately. Maybe one day I'll be more confident. Or maybe it's just going to be something I always do at this stage between drafts.

    Good to know even NY isn't giving up on menages 😉 Thanks!

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