For months now, I have been struggling to get the ball rolling on the third book in my Whiskey Delta series, otherwise known as Oscar Mike. Alas, it seems like every time I managed to get a handful of chapters written, I decided they weren’t good enough or were moving the story in the wrong direction and then throw them out. It was incredibly frustrating, but it taught me a valuable lesson.
That lesson is that writing sequels is not easy! And that’s something that I truly failed to appreciate up until now. With just about everything I’ve ever written, the work was standalone or part of something ongoing that had already mapped itself out in my head. But this time, I was just working with what I had written so far, trying to create the next act in a story that had two already set in stone.
Luckily, I finally created a draft I feel I can be proud of. Incorporating a new group of characters that friends of mine created, material from the two previous drafts, and the reworked idea I now have for it, Oscar Mike is finally coming together. So over the next few weeks and months, expect to see regular updates and installments – I have 18 chapters finished to date and no intention of slowing down!
Some of them you may have seen already, others may have been changed drastically. My apologies in advance for this. And to those who read and enjoyed the first two, my apologies for all the starts and stops! Hope you like what I have I’ve done with the third installment…
9 thoughts on “Oscar Mike – Third Time’s the Charm!”
Glad it’s working out so well, Matt. Good luck with the rest of the book.
Have you done a series with three installments yet? I’m beginning to understand the term “third act” problems. If every installment in a series can be likened to an act, then the third book is where things get hard!
I will when I get around to working on the third and final book in the Reborn City series. Probably some time after I finish Laura Horn.
Let me know how it goes. I want to see if this is a routine issue, or just something I didn’t effectively plan for.
I’m having fifth book issues. Planning the outline for Rose isn’t very easy. Especially if I don’t want people to think of it as a Misery rip-off.
Hold up, Rose is a standalone, right?
Good for you Matt! I look forward to seeing what you’ve done with this. Also looking forward to Jamila.
Oh she’s still here, as are her kids (though they have yet to all make an appearance). Good to have your input as always 😉