It seems to be the bane of a writer’s existence to be plagued with brilliant and shiny new ideas which distract them from their plans and goals. I don’t know of a single writer who hasn’t had this crop up, or many writers who have resisted each and every time its happened.
This time I’m torn between a novel I’ve already written, and ones that are still mostly in my head – kind of the opposite of the typical *new shiny* issue. I read through a bit of it yesterday and felt some serious ‘old novel’ love coming out of the woodwork.
It’s a hard thing to decide what to focus on. There is never a sure way to know which is the best choice long term in regards to whether a particular novel will find a home somewhere or not. So what do we have to go on?
Gut instinct? The novel that ‘calls to us’ the most? Sheer determination to finish what we started before we move on to something else? How do YOU decide which project should get the lions share of your time?
I’m still in that phase of thinking about writing a lot while not really having the time to DO much of it. I am flipping back and forth between different options, thinking about my shorts, and my novels, new ideas and things already written. I’m beginning to think that it’s time to rethink my answer to that all important question of ‘what is it you want from your writing?’, while at the same time knowing that right now I simply do not have the drive, motivation, or focus on writing to really answer it accurately.
Another part of me, I have to admit, feels like I should be working towards getting a novel ready to submit around the place. I know a lot of writers who have hit this spot, hell I’ve been here before too, and I don’t want to get to that place where I feel like I HAVE to have something finished – sure fire way to take the fun out of it all. But, I have to ask myself whether this novel I am thinking about is worth working on, or whether I’d do better to work on the new ideas. I’m going to take a read through it anyway and see what I think at the end – that is after all, the only way to know whether its really worth reworking or not.
So tell me folks, how do YOU decide whats worth working through til it’s submission ready?