Yesterday I realized that Camp NaNo begins next month. Originally I was planning to launch into the book that follows Surge of the Soul Eater, but now I don’t feel ready to do so. The ideas for it are still brewing and the first book is still a mess. That’s fine, it’s part of the process of world building and I have a lot of it to do still.
I joined Scribophile to get help with this process and along the way I posted two short stories from an unrelated series I’ve been writing. The ideas I have for it are very active and still flowing – I just wanted to tease out a few things and sort the overall plot. What surprised me was the interest the first two pieces generated. I’ve decided that my energy right now will be better served in this short story series during Camp NaNo while I’m trying to solidify the Surge of the Soul Eater.
Surge of the Soul Eater came from a short story collection I called Tales of the Phoenix and it had always been written solely for me. I’m starting to suspect that the same is true for the book as well. If I wish to publish and sell it, I’m going to have to figure out who my other readers are and reshape it accordingly.
This isn’t true for the Nusquamton series. Right from the beginning with the very first story, I had a highly specific audience in mind even though I was writing from a very deep and personal place within myself. I think this is the reason I’m getting the responses that I’m getting from it. I plan to keep speaking to that audience and continue to delve that place inside me. It’s real. It’s honest. It’s me. A book filled with short stories that tells a bigger story. I do short stories best, so I’m going to stick with that.