Book 3 in the Jaguar Trilogy, titled Rise of the Jade Jaguar, is officially outlined! Yay! I'm so excited. What a stresser. Outlining a book helps me a ton. It keeps me heading in the direction I want to go and helps me stay focused when I get brain dead. But I always let myself take on any new inspiration that may come to me. The outline is pretty rough and nothing super set in stone. On the off hand, I really hate trying to map out the whole book. It's stressful. Usually I end up rewriting the outline, sometimes as I go. You may wonder then, why I bother to write an outline in the first place. Honestly, it really does help me. I know it doesn't work for some people, but I found, through trial and error, that it really does help me, and it makes writing go faster because I know what's supposed to come next. With book one, Curse of the Jaguar, it took me about 4-5 years to write. I didn't start with an outline, I just started writing. About three years into it and over 300 pages, I ended up scraping it all, writing an outline I liked, and rewrote the whole thing. And in the end I ended up changing the direction half way through, but the point is, I had a starting point and that got me going. I always give myself the liberty to change as I go, but I need the outline to shoot me in the right direction and help me know for myself, how I want the WHOLE story to play out. Stressful, but effective for me.
I hate how in some series, book one is great, that's the one that makes you fall in love with it. Book two is sort of boring inbetween stuff, a bridge to the end, which is book three. Book three is the ending, wrapping up the whole series or trilogy, and has all the exciting climactic parts. But book two always bothered me. So when I wrote MY book two, I decided up front that it was not going to be that way. Book two, so far in the trilogy, is the most exciting. Book three will definitly not be boring, but book two is absolutely not the boring bridge book. I made certain of that. Instead of a lull, it's action all the way through. I like books that bring you in quick and keep you unable to put them down to the very end. Book two is definitely that way. Book one has already made the introductions and set the ground work for Kara and Christian's romance, and book two just keeps the action going. Unfortunately, it has a rather climactic ending, more so than book one. So I'm going to try hard to get book three out as fast as possible, to avoid angry, cliff-hanging readers! I'll keep you updated and let you know the minute book two, Mark of the Jaguar, is ready to buy!