Over on Facebook, LouAnn Christie recently asked if authors ever lose interest in the books they’re writing. This got me thinking about my process and how many projects I’ve worked on. Have I ever lost interest in a project I was working on?
The short answer is, “Not really.”
But that doesn’t really explain it well.
When I choose a project to work on, ideas for others still filter in. Typically, I make a note of the fresh thought, then get right back to work on my current work-in-progress (WIP). I’ve done this so many times and have numerous ideas for stories that will never become realities simply because there won’t be enough time or the ideas aren’t strong enough. But there are brilliant ones in the mix… at least they will be brilliant once I tinker with them.
Every now and then, though, a new story catches my attention so swiftly and thoroughly that I find myself setting aside my WIP and opening another blank file to start exploring that new tale further.
This recently happened to me. I was taking a couple of days off to catch up on chores and sleep after a vacation. As I watched television one afternoon, a commercial I’d seen several times came on and sparked my interest… but not in the way you might think. Instead of making me want to watch the advertised show, it inspired a story idea that grabbed hold of me and refused to release its grasp. The more I thought about it, the faster my mind began spitting out possible scenarios for it. Before I knew it, I was deciding to temporarily set aside the revisions I was in the middle of to pursue this different train of thought.
Did I lose interest in the first project? No way! That is still the novel of my heart, the story that may always be my favorite one I’ve ever written.
It just goes to show that you can have more than one interest or project going at a time, yet still have passion and determination for both.
Have you ever lost interest in a project?
Do you like to work on only one project at a time?
Or would you rather have several going at once?
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