My book, The Happenstances at the Yellow County Community Swim and Racquet Club the Summer Before Last, has been out for just over a month now. It's been so cool to see pictures on social media of people with my book at the pool or at the beach, or tagging me saying "I just got your book!" I've sold my book to a couple people in person and they've asked me to sign it, which is crazy. I've had a couple conversations about the book with coworkers and family and podcasters and an interviewer for a web show. It's awesome! And it's especially cool because I really believe in the book. I've created a lot of content and Happenstances is what I'm most proud of so far in my content creating career.
I work in television production and a question that invariably comes up is "How did you find the time to write a book?!" Coworkers say they would like to write or make a film or this hobby or that and they're amazed that I completed a thing. My answer to their question is always that I didn't "find the time to write a book"...
I made the time.
I got it into my head that I was going to adapt my screenplay into a young adult novel and then for the next couple of years I chipped away at it, an hour here, 30 minutes there. Believe me, if I had looked at as a full task I would have been overwhelmed, but I looked at it as a process.
That's what I'm doing with the next book. I'd love to set a deadline and write X amount of pages per day and all the sorts of things you read in the "how to write" books.
But currently, with a 4 year old son, another son on the way, a 50+ hour a week job, promoting the first book, and everything else that pops up in life just being an adult human, I can't think about the next book in a traditional way.
So for me, right now, I'm happy to get a few moments a week, probably after my son is asleep, and probably while my pregnant wife is binge watching "Friends" and my pug is probably snoring somewhere on the carpet that she blends in with, to chip away at that next book.