Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Number Twelve

"Oh, and I finished a first draft on Saturday."

"What? You were writing another book?"

"Oh. Um, yeah."

"What about the MIND GAMES sequel you are rewriting? And [super top secret project]?"

"Oh, you know, still doing those, too. Just wrote another book in the meantime."

"You're insane."

"This has been established."

I used to always do summary posts after I finished a book, giving away details and word count, so on and so forth. Fortunately/unfortunately I've gotten much more secretive in my old age. (Husband: "If [eight-year-old daughter] follows the same timeline you did, you'll be a grandma in thirteen years!" Me: "STOP IT RIGHT NOW NEVER TALK ABOUT THAT AGAIN.")

However, in keeping with tradition, I'll catalog this for posterity. (The posterity that WILL NOT BE MAKING ME A GRANDMA IN THIRTEEN YEARS AHEM.)

This is book twelve. Books one (2006) through three (2008) and book five (2010) will never see the published light of day. Four was PARANORMALCY (2009), six and seven were SUPERNATURALLY (2009-10) and ENDLESSLY (2011), eight was THE CHAOS OF STARS (2011-ish), nine was MIND GAMES (2011), ten (2012) was a book I hope will eventually see the light of day after some editing and finding the right place for it, eleven (2012) was the MIND GAMES sequel, and twelve (2012...obviously) is a book I've been affectionately referring to as either CW Special or Hot Witchy Twins.

(I put in those dates so I can keep it straight in my head because I can never remember these things. Books stop existing for me as soon as I stop working on them. It also gives you an idea of how long it takes from when a book is written to when it is published.) (Also, yes, that's three completed novels this year. I'd like to get in a fourth, actually, but we'll see how editing schedules play out.) (LOOK I DON'T LIKE SLEEPING, OKAY?) (That's a lie, I adore sleeping, sleeping is my favorite. I just like keeping busy, because a busy mind is a happy mind.) (And it means I have an excuse for never getting the dishes done. "Sorry! I wrote another book instead. See?")

It was a fun book, because I needed fun, and it's soapy and chock-full-of-drama and kissing and boarding school secrets and family mysteries. At 70k words it's my longest draft since ENDLESSLY, and I expect it to go up by about 10k in edits. Which...50k word books are so much nicer to edit, lemme tell you. Alas. I'm hopeful that this will be the undetermined fourth book from my last book deal with my fabulous publisher, HarperTeen, but only time and editing (and editing and editing) will tell. Regardless, I had fun writing it, and thus its purpose was fulfilled!

Anyhow. Never let it be said I squander all my free time while the kids are at school. I only squander most of it, and then write feverishly to compensate.


Michelle Wolfson said...

Well, no one was commenting so I had to say *something* so I thought I'd say that I LOVE when you don't sleep. You know, because I'm evil like that.

And you know very well that when you don't sleep, I don't sleep. Although probably not for as many nights. :)

I had fun not sleeping with the hot witchy twins. Wait. That came out wrong I think.

John Caliburn said...

For the books that will never see the light of day, can you turn them into a pdf file so that we can download them and read them? Please?

(Helen) Kiaya said...

I totally understand the books that will never see the light of day. I think every writer needs those books. They're like test runs. Long, hard test runs.
And best excuse for not doing the dishes EVER.

Kiersten White said...

John, the reason why those books will never see the light of day is because they are simply not good enough. I have too much pride to let work other than my very best be read.

This blog excepted, of course, but a blog and a book are very different things.

Lily Cate said...

I have two drawer novels that for sures will never be let loose upon the literary world. And five more that could be contenders. But maybe they're just bums.

And I too had my husband point out, as we were planning my son's 8th birthday party next weekend, that he moved out at 16, so we could be half way to that empty nest. Booo!

Emily said...

Wow. Just, wow.

Caroline Starr Rose said...

Go, you! This is the inspiration I need to wrap up my most recent manuscript.

Jazmin said...

Hahaha!!! I just love that it's called CW special!! Also, dangit Kiersten, you keep writing at this pace, I might have to buy a separate bookshelf for all the books you made.

Hmmm, yes. And it shall be painted purple and i'll see how the bedazzled works on it.

Josin L. McQuein said...

Your system sounds a bit like mine, with one or two books on the front burner, one on the back that's constantly boiling over for attention, and the infinite playlist going in the background, throwing out ideas and pieces of scenes, and characters, and...

It's the big, bad writer secret that the unannounced, not on a schedule, insists on knocking you off task book is *always* shinier, more fun, and easier to write than the one you're supposed to be working on.

But thankfully, sometimes that works :-D

Ranee` said...

Is there a secret to writing so prolifically? I need to know. Not that I feel the need to mass produce manuscripts, but I would like to finish more of them ... :)

Naomi Ruth Thompson said...

I like this idea of writing as an excuse to not wash dishes *rubs hands together in glee*

Simona said...

Ms. White,

My name is Marinescu Simona and I'm from Romania. I recently discovered your book ( Mind Games ) on Goodreads which has a rating of 4.33. I was very curios about this book after I read the summary, unfortunatlly I did not succeded to buy this book, but I will save more money and I will try to buy it. Even if I don't have the opportunity to read this book ( for now ) I will be really honored if you agree to grant me an interview for my blog: shattering-words.blogspot.ro ?

With admiration and respect,
Simona M

Makayla Anderson said...

Lets take it one book at a time. WE'VE BEEN WAITING FOR MIND GAMES SINCE FREAKIN EVER AND NOW YOU TELL US ABOUT THIS?? What I'm trying to say is that you will not keep your readers without something to look forward to. :)

LauraN said...

Some stories ought not to see the light of day. But stories, like seeds, do germinate best after spending time in someplace dark, like a drawer. Also, do not knock grandmotherhood. It's pretty cool, as grandchildren have fewer faults than children (and they have parents to take care of those.)

Megan M. said...

I swoon with jealousy every time I open your blog! I'd ask if I could have your life, but I have a feeling I would have to take it from your cold, dead hands. LOL (This is not a death threat. I like you too much to kill you.)

Adventures in YA Publishing said...

This is such a great reminder that overnight success isn't always so overnight. :) And a reminder to keep writing new things instead of focusing on the same old one. Grandma. Ack!



Whirlochre said...

Grandma Kiersten?

Now there's a series with mileage.

kit said...

Can't wait to read the next book.