Winter writing update 11 February 2015
Every time I’ve written this last week, I’ve wanted to be writing the other WIP I am working on. Doesn’t matter which one that is, could be book 3 of the dark fantasy trilogy Friends of my Enemy OR book 1 of my new epic fantasy trilogy Games of Fire. For whatever reason, my mind is on the other project.
I can at least say this is a new problem for me. But then so is writing two books at the same time. I’ve only been doing that for about six months now. It has a lot of benefits, and occasional drawbacks. And suddenly feeling more inspired to write whatever isn’t in front of me, because it feels easier until I open up that file, seems to be one of them.
But that is why I keep a weekly writing goal. So even if I don’t feel exactly like concentrating on what is in front of me, I have to. I am THAT task oriented, which is why it is a weekly goal rather than daily. I’d be a mess if I put that much pressure on myself! Happily if I push through the first few minutes of distracted interest and keep writing, things move along fine.
Well enough that I’m actually at the mid-point in both books! Actually, the chapter count of my primary WIP, the Fight for Peace which is book 3 of my dary fantasy/dystopian series, will surpass the chapter count of Spark of Defiance this week. Chapter 15 versus chapter 17 in each respectively!
It is funny to have two entirely different novels at similar points. Both have building tension and plot lines are really moving forward. The Fight for Peace is really reaching its halfway point and I have chapters mapped out until the last few. I expect writing on it will continue at a rapid (and hopefully smooth!) pace. Especially since the cold and snow has really settled across Maine, knocking my other hobbies like home construction and hiking down to near zero. Kayaking and motocycling do not work well on ice! But having an overwhelming urge to sit by the fire does increase my writing productivity.
Spark of Defiance is progressing at a chapter a week. Which means I should reach the crises point of that novel just when things wrap up on the Fight for Peace. What a great time to switch to it as my primary WIP!
And of course I am editing the Battle for Europe, book 2 of the dystopian series. I’ve even found time to read a little and take a marketing ecourse. Yah, it is THAT snowy here in Maine. Send shovels… unless you like my writing. In that case, send snow! 😉