While enjoying the never-ending wait-and-see that is part of the submission process, I have begun a couple new projects. First and foremost is my novel attempt at breaching the YA (young adult) genre. I’ve written the ‘easy’ scenes – the ones that came quickly to mind – but am now at a standstill. I still love the story and the characters, and enjoy the world I’ve created, but the writing has become a struggle, as if I’m just filling in the empty spaces between the scenes I’ve already written.
I’m sure there are many reasons for this shift in inspiration, but after almost five weeks of writing I’ve finally pinpointed my biggest obstacle to this story: every time I sit to continue writing this YA, a comic-mystery comes out.
How is this happening? I have no idea. I want to continue writing this YA – I’ve planned it out, thought long and hard about the characters and the setting, I’ve even talked to my agent-extraordinaire about it and everything. But none of that matters. This comic-mystery is all that appears whenever I start to type. In fact, the comic-mystery story is coming out so freely, so smoothly, that its hard to turn away from such temptation.
Maybe I should just work on both. Of course then I risk neither getting the attention the story deserves. Maybe I should just put aside the YA. But then all the time and energy I’ve put into outlining and plotting is pushed aside as well.
What to do, what to do…
At the end of the day, I don’t feel as if it’s even really my choice. One story is being written and the other isn’t. Let’s just hope that whatever ends up being created, is something worth creating:)