Thursday, October 20, 2016

Straddling the Line

When I wrote my first novel, I worked on it completely until it was finished. The same happened with my second. I had started a third, but put that aside completely when I started book four, which we are hoping will be my debut novel.

The process of that book has been very different than the rest. I finished the first draft in nine weeks and then it took me three more to polish it up before I sent it to my agent. For the past few months, she and I have been passing it back and forth, making tweaks and changes.

But with all these stories in my head fighting to get out, I can't just sit back and not do anything. So the times my agent is reading/editing, I've been working on what I guess is book five. {I would give you all the titles of these books to make it a little easier to follow, but I change them at least three times on each book, so how knows what they'll eventually be called.}

Anyway, the difference with the process of number five is that just as I get into the groove of writing it, I get changes back form my agent for number four. So I put down one, and pick up the other. Same happens again when I send the changes back again. A little confusing? Absolutely. It is a struggle to jump back and forth between the two very different worlds in each of the books. I have to remember which characters and story plots are in each one. It's a struggle to balance two projects at once.

So my question for you. Do you work on one project exclusively at a time? Or do you bounce back and forth when you have the time? And how do you make that switch without constantly messing up your hero's name?

Now if you'll excuse me, I put down five this morning and am {hopefully} doing the last edits on four before it goes out for submission!!