This is my first time working on a series as opposed to a stand alone book, and let me tell you, things get complex. While I describe this series as smutty, lesbian detective novels, the truth is that these books are a hybrid of detective and general fiction, and this means that my main character herself is at least as important - more so now, actually - than whatever case she's working on.
Aside: The traditional detective part of these books is actually the most difficult for me to write, and to be honest, I don't see myself re-visiting this genre once I am done with this series. It'll be pure smut from here on out. (Kidding, kittens. Just kidding. Although maybe not.)
Funny thing happens when you keep writing for a character. They have to keep doing things. And interacting with people. And those people have to keep doing things. Pesky readers insist that things make sense, so backstory is required, and while your story keeps moving forward, the really crazy part (this may or may not make your brain hurt) is that your story must also keep moving backwards. You must keep delving further and further into what makes your character(s) tick, what makes their relationships with each other interesting, and what can you drag up from the past that will be grist for the future mill? Because you need grist. Without grist, you might as well just be writing a lame ass blog.
So here I am in book #3, and I sort of ran willy-nilly into the river of this book. I remember standing on the bank, thinking, "Hey, it's time to learn more about X! And Y! That will be cool! And probably explain something! I don't know what, but I'll figure it out!" and then I took off my shoes and hit the water full speed.
Now I'm in the river, pretty firmly at 8000 words, and suddenly, I'm looking around going, "What the fuck is happening here? And why, dear god, why is it happening? Who are these people? WHAT HAVE I DONE?"
Nothing to do but get to the other side, though, which means I will be spending a lot of non-writing time on the book today, figuring out this mess. Hopefully I'll get in some writing time as well, but what's most important today is getting the nuts and bolts sorted.