I’m NaNoWriMo-ing it, ya’ll! (Yes, that is apparently a verb now.)
Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda had been begging me for a little sister.
If you haven’t read my debut novel above, it’s a choose your own romantic adventure with 60 endings, inspired by modern dating culture – mostly advice books. Readers become the protagonist, Elle Masters, and guide her through hundreds of passionate predicaments and dating dilemmas during her fledgling relationship with Nick Wright.
I initially planned to do an expansion of sorts, introducing a second love interest for Elle. It could be a stand alone title with just this new chap, and be merged with the original title for one Super Ebook Love Triangle. But then I realized how much effort that would be and it made me borderline committable. The image below is just three of 13 boards mapping out Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda.
Instead, I’m writing the first Doorflower Short Story Long. A series of stories, rotating character POVs, each bigger than a novella, but shorter than the original book. I’ll be keeping that love triangle, though. Because I love love triangles! In fact, the working title for this one is… you guessed it: The Triangle. It will still be told from Elle’s POV, and see a reappearance of Book 1’s Nick Wright, who Elle will meet for the “first” time the same night she runs into her old friend, Charlie, AKA: The One Who Keeps Getting Away.
I’m really excited about this change of plans. While the underlying dating-theme of the original title is so much fun and was a blast to write, I’m ready to do something a little different. So we’ll be exploring the common triangle story tropes. You know “WE’RE JUST FRIENDS!” and “The Matchmaker” and the “Almost Kiss.”
Basically, the Soapy Goods.
Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda *only took seven years from inception to launch. Granted, that was mostly due to my poor health, technical troubleshooting, and zero confidence as a first time author. The Triangle will be much, much faster. I think. Though I’ll be surprised if I’m writing actually anything before the close of NaNoWriMo. If I get all my story lines plotted and mapped by month’s end, I’ll be a happy camper.
Tara Lee Reed