The Tug of Two Stories

Apr 9, 2011

My writing progress for the last week or so has been sort of dismal. I'm crawling through edits on Devs right now at a much slower pace than I'd prefer due to a drated sinus infection (will the winter never end??). I think I'll still meet my end-of-April deadline, though, so I'm not too worried.


Instead of working away at Devs these last few weeks, I've actually been thinking a lot about what's coming next. I fully intended to work on The Unhappening of Genesis Lee once Devs is done.

Except.

I got a brilliant idea for Black and Blue, the story on hiatus. And now I have a problem. I LOVE the story of TUGL, and it's begging to be told. But I'm having trouble getting into my main character. With BaB, I LOVE my main character, but am still having some trouble with the story.

I've never had two stories warring for my attention this way. I've written the first three chapters of both of them, and just don't know which one I love more. Any advice, my friends?

10 comments:

Jenilyn Tolley said...

Since I'm in the same situation, I'm not sure I have particularly good advice. I have 50 pages of two stories written and I love them both. It's been nice for me because when I cannot stand one, I write the other. They are both VERY different stories, so the characters don't get mixed up in my head. Good luck deciding which to write!

Reece said...

I'd say start with the one for which one you've got more material (outlines, notes, etc.) and just start working. From there, whenever you come up with an idea for the other one, just write down enough details so you can remember it later and get back to work on the first one right away!

Michelle Merrill said...

Ooh, I know. Just send them to me and I'll decide :) Good luck, I'd love to take a peek at either.

I hope you get feeling better too. I swear my kids have been sick for weeks...almost months!

Elena Solodow said...

Oh gosh, that's a bit of a tough spot. I'd say keep going with both until one wins out.

HollyAnn said...

I had that happen to me recently, so I feel your pain! I had a new contemp and paranormal on the table. What did I do? I wrote on one the first day, the other the next...you get the idea. When I hit a wall with one and realized it needed to simmer in my brain a bit longer, that's how I knew. And I'm 31k into my paranormal one month later. : )

JEFritz said...

I'm not sure if it will help, but I say keep going with both. Maybe write one until you hit a block then switch to the other. Sometimes doing that actually helps me : )

Teralyn Rose Pilgrim said...

I'm going to go against the group here and vote not to work on both... it doesn't work for me, personally. I write much better when I focus on one project at a time.

This might sound hokey, but when I first got my idea for "Sacred Fire," I had another idea and had to decide between the two, and I prayed about it. I felt pretty strongly which one to write. I'm so glad I did; the other idea, I just wasn't ready to write yet.

Good luck with your tough decisions. At least you're lucky to have so many ideas, right?

Jenn Johansson said...

Hmm... tough decision. My advice is stick with the character that is talking to you and the story will sort itself out.

Good luck! :)

Lynda R Young said...

um, I don't think I can help you. I'm in a similar situation. We need more time in the day! hehehe

Kari Marie said...

I haven't been lucky (or unlucky) enough to be in this situation. My instinct is to agree with Reece.

 
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