N.M Sotzek

Author of the AIM Chronicles


Writers Anonymous

Posted by nsotzek on March 14, 2012 at 7:55 PM

Hi. My name's Nichole, and I have a problem.

I can't stop writing.

That's not a problem you say? Well, maybe it's not. It sure feels like it sometimes. I'm currently working on the sequel to 'Revealing the Revolution' which I've tentatively named 'Chasing the Underground.' The title is beginning to grow on me, actually. Here's my brief pitch:

After creating the perfect AIM, Cam is running for his life. But the McCarthy's are everywhere, and see everyone.

Dun dun dunnn.

To be honest, I really like the direction I'm taking with this book. It's not about Scanning, but the Underground. It's much darker, and faster-paced. The members of Revolution all make an appearance in this book, but are joined by a few new characters: the McCarthy's. They're mentioned in the first book, so they're not exactly brand new but now I go into detail. Who are these mysterious people who founded Scanning? I answer that question in this book.

We find out a lot more about Cam's past, which I'm definitely exploiting. I love writing dramatic scenes. Actually, the last scene I wrote made me cry. Okay, I cry a lot over little things, but writing/reading doesn't usually do it. This is a sign to me that I'm on the right track.

I think the biggest question is: should I even be going this far? My characters scream "YES!" but a small part of me wants to focus solely on the first book. Other than editing, and adding/removing bits here and there, it's as done as it can be. It can be refined, of course, but I'm happy with it. My problem is that I can't not do something (double negative, for the win!). I can't not write. I even started writing a non-fiction account of my medical history! I wrote a lesson plan for a class, and I'm writing a presentation for a conference at the end of the month. I can't stop.

Do they have pills for that?

Seriously, I don't mind. I love my characters, and there's still so much left for them to accomplish. There's still so much of the world I created for them that I want to explore. I suppose I'll just keep writing.

Does anyone else have a problem with letting go of their creations? When do you know it's time to move on?

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