Please welcome guest author Rachel Firasek, talking about team building and that dreaded middle child:
Everywhere I turn lately, the new “in-thing” is Team Building. I know, it’s crazy right? I’m so not a team player. I try real hard, but in the end I’ll always be that lone wolf standing slightly apart from the pack. Does this mean that I want to screw the team? Absolutely not. It means that I have to work harder at controlling my urges to stand apart. Hmmm… the more I think about it, standing alone doesn’t seem so bad—if it serves a purpose.
That’s a really big if.
Anyway, back to my point. I’ve been working on two series this year and I’ve learned some valuable lessons on team building through my stories. My most recent series: Curse of the Phoenix is a series dedicated to Egyptian mythology. I love these stories, but… they didn’t always love me.
They weren’t on my team. At least that naughty little book two wasn’t. The Last Awakening was a rude awakening to my ego. The Last Rising (Book1) soared from my fingertips with very little plot problems and the characters did mostly what I wanted them to. But, not TLA. Nope, book2 was quite the little stinker. It is the series middle and as the middle child, it did what it was supposed to. It tested me. And as any good team leader would do, I whipped its butt and made it get back in line with the rest of the pack.
What was wrong with it?
It didn’t blend. Yes, sometimes when you’re part of a team if you stand out too much, you’re not really being a team player and that is exactly what was wrong with the first draft of that second book. So, it was sliced and diced until it became a story that matched the consistency and flow of the first in the series.
And low and behold, I had a book2 in my series that now felt like it should have been in the series instead of that loner standing on the outside. Book3 is turned into my editor and I totally felt good about that story when it was done. So, this is the first series that I’ve actually finished and turned in. It was a learning lesson in team work and how to make your books/characters/plots work as a team for you.
Have you read a book in a series that just didn’t quite fit in with the team? Written one? Leave me a comment and let me know. I’m all for a good conversation.
Learn more about the Curse of the Phoenix series HERE.
About the Author:
Rachel Firasek grew up in the south and despite the gentle pace, she harassed life at full steam. Her curiosity about mythology, human nature, and the chemical imbalance we call love led her to writing. Her stories began with macabre war poems and shifted to enchanted fairytales, before she settled on a blending of the two.
Today you’ll find her tucked on a small parcel of land, surrounded by bleating sheep and barking dogs, with her husband and children. She entertains them all with her wacky sense of humor or animated reenactments of bad 80’s dance moves.
She’s intrigued by anything unexplained and seeks the answers to this crazy thing we call life. You can find her where the heart twists the soul and lights the shadows… or at www.rachelfirasek.com .