Yesterday, I wrote a post comparing writing to love: Falling in Love with Writing. In it, I compared my writing to falling in love. I didn't address the obvious, though: what do you do when you love two projects?
I have two novels I'm working on right now. The first, a follow up to Depression Cookies. For this, I'm teaming up with Mom again. My other one is a departure for me--a young adult novel with a touch of fantasy.
I'm committed to both of these projects, but I'm at a different place with each of them. I find it hard to juggle two books, even though I feel strongly about both of them. I don't even read two books at once. I'm a one book at a time type of lady. Although I admit I'll dream about other books sometimes. ;-)
I see potential in the second story idea, so I'm taking notes and doing some plotting. But every time I sit down to write, the characters from Depression Cookies invade my brain and take over. Then, when I'm working on our follow up, characters and ideas pop into my head for the young adult story. I'm confused.
For those of you who work on multiple projects, how do you keep the characters and stories separate? Can you truly love two projects at once and give enough of yourself to both?
Or maybe I need to love my projects with a mom's heart. Lord knows I manage to love these three equally, wholly, and even when they test me.
A Round of Words in 80 Days, headed by the lovely Kait Nolan, is the writing "challenge that recognizes that I have a life I can’t ditch, but still provides a challenge and the support of a community of others who are working alongside me with their own goal, their own lives, learning to juggle."
Writing: I've worked a total of four hours on my WIP since Sunday. Everything from planning to writing (and I admit, a bit of editing). I'm excited to see it coming together. Our last book was 176,000 words, and I'm determined to bring this one in under 100,000.
Blogging: Daily and a review on Mom in Love with Fiction. Tomorrow, I'm featuring an interview with Jessica Therrien as well as a review of her debut novel, Oppression. Please stop back by. I met Jessica during the Third Writers' Platform Building Campaign. A great gal.
Editing: Slower progress, but progress. Sometimes I need to step away from sections, to get a clearer perspective. But then I need to reread from the start to truly get back into it. Often it's one step forward, two steps back.
Reading: I've read some great books lately. It's inspiring, but I do wish there were more hours in the day.
Diet & Exercise: Doing better. I need to sign up for more races... it's so motivating, mainly because I don't want to fall on my face.
Round 1 is almost over, so I hope everyone is writing, writing, writing.