August 6, 2004

WIPs

I've gone and done it. Remember when I said I wrote some 1300 words on a vampire romance? Well, the story has sucked me in. It's just so fun and sexy. I don't know if anyone else will like it but I'm sure enjoying myself!

The fantasy doesn't bring the same level enjoyment. The writing doesn't just flow. It's work. On some days, excruciating work. I still like it and I have every intention of finishing it--I don't give up easily--but I think a break from it every now and then will be good for me.

For those of you who know me, you know multiple WIPs are not my style. I'm a one-story-at-a-time kind of gal. I can't even write a new story while editing an old one (at least, that's my excuse for putting off the rewrite of Dragonborn).

However, I read an article on Holly's site a couple days ago. In this article she mentioned how her secret side-project became her Friday respite from her contracted work. Reading about her experiences, her decisions, and her results has had an impact on how I look at this multiple WIPs issue.

Point #1:
I'm not under contract. I have as much time as I need to write these stories. The only deadline I have is self-imposed and, therefore, quite flexible.

Point #2:
I'm making progress on the story I shouldn't be writing and not making much on the one I'm forcing myself to write.

Point #3:
Rules are made to be broken--especially if they're rules I made up.

Point #4:
Maybe the "fun" one will sell. Maybe it won't. But, since it's helping to write itself, why not have something out for submission well before ED is ready.

Point #5:
If I can write two novels at once, there's no reason I can't write one and edit another. Maybe two is my magic number.

See...5 good reasons to at least give it a try.