What I Learned Writing a Prequel…

by Stephanie Casher on June 19, 2006

I learned that there is a very good reason you don’t see many “prequels” in books and film, lol. Because it just does not make sense to write books in a series out of order!!!

Aargh! Okay, I’m not pulling my hair out… But I did realize recently that I am going to have to rewrite several chapters in SOUL MATES. There’s just no way around it. When I started writing WHEN LOVE, I thought I knew exactly how the story was going to unfold. After all, it’s loosely autobiographical, and the sequel is already Done. But as I get deeper into the book, the plot is taking turns I never imagined. Instead of covering the span of two years, it is now covering the span of ten years, with a more epic quality. I’ve actually altered the course of events from how I describe it in SOUL MATES considerably. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy with the new direction, and I really think this is going to be a more compelling version of the story. But an extensive re-write of SOUL MATES is now in order.

I feel like it took me forever to get to a place where I wasn’t revising and tinkering with that first manuscript anymore. Where I was actually able to let it go. I can’t believe I have to go back in (eventually) and do yet another revision. So is the life of a writer, eh?

It’s a good thing I love my job ;-)

Heads Up: Mercury is about to go Retrograde from July 4-29. I know that’s still a few weeks off, but I’m actually already starting to feel it (Oh Joy), so I thought I’d mention it. Slow your Roll folks, and don’t plan any major moves/initiations for July…

PS: Added more pictures of Devin below from my visit this past weekend! He is the cutest baby EVER!

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