I have been seduced. It's true. I have been ever so slowly (and, truth be told, willingly) drawn away from the WiP that started this whole blog back in January. (Has it only been that long? Really?) So I guess it's only right to address her first:
Dear Story That Started It All,
It's not you, it's me. I started you with the best of intentions, after that idea simmered for a few good years in the back burners of my mind. Somehow around the new year, it just clicked. I plotted and planned. You came together so nicely, it felt less like making up a story and more like relaying a story that the characters were telling me. When they finally revealed their names to me, I knew they trusted me, and we had a bond, you and I. We were moving along. I did research and changed some ideas and you still worked. I got all excited and got Handsome Hubby all into it for the first time.
So, what happened, you ask? Come on, don't look at me like that. I'm not dumping you. I'm not leaving you permanently for some younger, faster model. Just... um... temporarily. The truth is, Story, you are very complicated. You need serious thought and undivided attention and a whole lot of organization. You are not something I can work on a few days a week, whenever I have time. You deserve better than that, and honestly, you will be crappy if I can't devote more to you. Which, right now, I can't.
But all is not lost, Story. Hang in there. There are only 26 school days left and during this time, I will be playing around with another story. I know, it sounds cheap and ugly, but I have to do some kind of writing while school is this busy and every weekend until school is over is filled with kiddie birthday parties and dance and recitals and swimming lessons and graduations and all manner of things fun and time consuming. I hope you will be willing to take me when I return to you.
Whew. There. I said it. It's been happening for a while now - I had to set aside my novel a little while back when so much was going on in work and life, and I haven't been able to slow down enough since to pick it back up. It is a complicated and more serious story, so if I'm not attentive, the writing doesn't work. In the past week, I've been tossing around ideas for a simpler story, a faster read, possibly a faster write. Not because I am dying to throw something out there, but because I want to keep flexing the writing muscles, as it were, with something fun and useful. For the YA crowd - My novel is more serious in a Hunger Games type way, with a lot of character development and dystopia shaping going on. This new idea is more fast-paced in a Wake sort of way. (Does that make sense?) There is not world building to do because it is set more in regular present-day America. (I wish I had the chops of The Hunger Games or Wake, lol... ). I think I'm going to give it a go... it'll be a stress reliever from the Real Job if nothing else. :)
For those of you who don't know me that well, this message is meant in a tongue-in-cheek kind of way. :) It's all true, the seduction, the new idea, all of it. But I don't kick myself for abandoning my WiP for a while. I'm not one of those writers who sticks to rules or regimens. Writing for me is fun, it's a release, and right now I'm cool with changing venues for a bit. Cheers!
Happy New Jersey teacher, wife, and mom of two spunky girls. Teaching for 17 years (all first grade!), still loving it and still learning! I am caffeinated and chocolated. I like pink. And owls. And books!!!