Thursday, March 3, 2011

Promiscuous writing

You may have noticed the word counts of my current projects (See 'em? Over there on the right). The first-ish draft of Power Trio has been done for a year. I say first-ish, because the first third of the book is probably on draft #3 and the last third of the book is on draft #0.65. At work, I love to edit, but this felt too daunting. I was intimidated and bored at the same time. I needed to walk away. Right when I thought I was done with writing and going to have to find a new hobby, a shiny new idea popped into my head. It was fresh and fun and I was so excited to get to know the new characters. I happily filed Power Trio away in the depths of my computer.
Now, I'm about a third into Forgetting (maybe that's my lucky fraction- 1/3), and I can feel myself slowing down. And lately I've been thinking about Power Trio. I miss those girls. I wonder what they're up to. Do they miss me? I think I'm going to give them a call.

You know, I think it's better like this. Two projects is twice the fun. I can spend time with the one I'm into one day and go home with the other the next night. My boyfriend is lucky I don't feel the same way about men!

I'm off to work on Power Trio for the first time in months- wish me luck!


  1. Good luck!

    I agree that time away gives a new perspective. I also find I struggle a lot at 20% and 80%--the end of the beginning and the beginning of the end. I think most people have that problem.They know how a story starts and how it ends, but the middle is a big uncharted area. In fact, now that I think about it, I'd wager that's why the first twenty or so books I tried to write never got past page sixty. It takes a while to figure out how to bridge the gap between the things you know.

  2. I have to take breaks from mine, too. But, with the cycle of querying, editing, first drafts, researching, etc. it usually works out.