As a writer, I always have voices in my head. Characters appear and talk to me. They want me to tell their stories, and I want to, so very much. However, one dilemma for me as a writer is that often, the people talking in my head aren’t the characters in the book I’m currently working on.
That’s been my problem lately. I’m staying with my Grandboy this week while his parents are on working vacation/second honeymoon. I didn’t take any editing gigs during this time because I’d planned to write while I was here. Well, I’ve been here a week and I’ve managed to eke out one new chapter on the current WIP. Part of my issue is, naturally enough, trying to write with a two-year-old present.
I’d forgotten the energy and level of focus required to be with a toddler 24/7. Holy cats! He’s a bundle of energy and believes that I should be too. So, I’ve danced in bubbles in the back yard, put together a train track, deconstructed a train track, raced cars around said train track, chased balloons, gone to the park to play, splashed at bath time, sung songs, and read endless numbers of books. We watched about a half hour of a little league game in the park, met another writer friend for supper one night, watched more of Daniel Tiger than I care to admit, have had several weepy arguments about why we can’t take blue puppy to nursery school, and chased poor Lily, the golden retriever, around the yard. Whew! Any wonder that when he’s finally down for the night, binge-watching Mad Men on Netflix appeals way more than writing?
I’m not using Grandboy as an excuse for not being focused enough to write though. I think my real issue is that I’m tired of my current WIP. I’m bored with these folks. I want to be done and move on to new stories. I’ve been working and reworking this story for over a year and it’s time to just finish it. I have great ideas for closing it out, but when I sit down at my computer, my fingers simply can’t seem to make the words. Instead, I pull out this other story—characters who’ve been nudging me for a couple of months—and I get into their story.
Obviously, that’s not getting the current book done, is it? And I’m not at all sure I won’t get events, timelines, plot devices, etc. mixed up if I try to work on two stories at one time. I’m fairly good at running two or three editing gigs concurrently, but I’m not so sure whether it works for me as a writer. Anyone else have this issue? What do you think about working on two or even three or four stories in parallel?
But writing is Nan’s first and most enduring passion. She can’t remember a time in her life when
she wasn’t writing—she wrote her first romance novel at the age of ten, a love story between the most sophisticated person she knew at the time, her older sister (who was in high school and had a driver’s license!) and a member of Herman’s Hermits. If you remember who they are, you are Nan’s audience! She’s still writing romance, but now from the viewpoint of a wiser, slightly rumpled, menopausal woman who believes that love never ages, women only grow more interesting, and everybody needs a little sexy romance.
Amazon.com and Barnes&Noble.com. The other two, Once More From the Top and Sex and the Widow Miles — the first novels in the Women of Willow Bay series, are available at Amazon and several other e-book retailers.
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