Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Writer Wednesday: Too many irons

Lately I've been running circles in my head, tripping and faceplanting over all the irons I have in my writing fire. I have a dystopian, a boy's POV biopunk, a boy's POV horror, one book I know needs to be taken back to the mattresses for another roll, another that a new beta has found plot holes in...

I am a confessed WIPaholic. And lack of focus only makes it worse. Nothing's singing. I hit a snag in the plot. I have no plot, but an awesome concept. People grumble to finish one project. Other people grumble to finish the other project.

Ever get like that?

What do you do?

We often hear write what you know. I prefer to say 'write what you feel.' Go with your gut. When it comes to the question of whether to write what They say to, or what Instinct says to, do as Jessica Souders told me. "Instinct. Always instinct." And she's right. Your gut, your instinct is tied to your Higher self that already knows all the answers. Yes, okay, this might feel a little metaphysical or preachy, but it's true.

So, if you're like me bouncing between stories, with a bad lack of focus, quiet yourself and listen to your gut. YOU know what you should be writing. Listen to yourself.

5 comments:

  1. Wow, you write on more than one WiP at a time? That's amazing. I'm not that much of a multi-tasker--can't do it. Of course, that way when I run into a snag I have to work through it. :) Good luck!

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  2. im writing two books right now...haha. MULTITASKING! haha

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  3. I'm calling you this weekend. A chat is in order. I can totally relate. I have the rewrites to the YA novel, two picture books, another YA para, and the neglected MG series. Hah...and now, I'm plotting out a new YA fantasy based off a nursery school story. Overload!!

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  4. I'm going through this right now. My YA supernatural is begging to be revised, but I'm also working on a boy POV contemporary--not to mention I got a new idea for a YA horror. I'm setting a plan this weekend to figure out what to work on first.

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  5. Hehe, I have so many projects I'm in the middle of, but right now I'm forcing myself to focus on just the one for revisions. But I'm so eager to get done with this current revision and move onto other projects!

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