All right, Adventurers. I’m back from my vacation and ready to roll up my sleeves and get to work. Almost a month ago, I finished my AMD&B revisions. Since then, I’ve entered two contests (#PitchSlam, which is over, and The Writer’s Voice, which is not) and sent out a few queries on my own. I’m trying not to think about the fact that my manuscript is OUT THERE, you know? Which means I need something else to do that is NOT writing Book 2 right now, even though I’m dying to finish Charlie & Amelia’s story/.
When I first started writing AMD&B (a year and a half ago!), I was in the middle of ugly revisions of another novel, and I saw no end in sight. My intention was to draft this story about Charlie and Amelia and a witch in the woods, then go back and finish Flightless. But I didn’t count on falling so in love with my characters or the strange little town I’d created. I didn’t count on having two books instead of one. I didn’t count on 14 months of revision–this time, a labor of love, rather one of duty. But lately I’ve been thinking about it more and more — I think I know how to fix it. But do I really want to start on the first book in another series right now? Or would I be better working on something that’s standalone?
Almost a year ago, I started working on another book–my circus book (I blogged about it here, here and here). I even contemplated taking a break from AMD&B to draft it, but ultimately decided not to. I have bits and pieces written, the entire story plotted. I even have a companion novel plotted. The plan was, of course, to dive right in and finish it up as soon as I started querying AMD&B. But now, I open up Scrivener and don’t know even know what to do.
This week, I started something totally new. It’s new adult. It’s a mystery. It’s creepy and sexy and (hopefully) really fun. The problem is, I’m still not sure how I feel about it–it’s been so long since I’ve drafted anything. I’m used to polished, third-draft words. Not ugly, misshapen first-draft words. I know I have so much to discover about this story, so I’m giving myself permission to just let go and let the story come out the way it’s supposed to.
So right now, I’m at a crossroads. The best-laid plans, and all that, right? I think I’ll try to work on both the circus book (because I still love it SO MUCH) and the NA (because I think my brain is ready for FUN) at once–I’ll write whichever calls to me on a certain day. And hopefully, it’ll work itself out.
Any advice, guys?