Yesterday was one of those, "I can't do it!" days. I posted this on my FB author page:
"There comes a time when you either humor the shiny new idea or force yourself to fine tune the work you've been reading for months.
The latter is difficult. Forcing anything when you're writing is akin to creative suicide.
One of the perks of self-publishing is the lack of deadlines. I can juggle whichever projects suit me rather than procrastinating.
Whenever I'm not in the mood to edit, my house is spotless, my dogs look fresh from the groomers, and I cook with reckless abandon. I'll do anything I can to avoid writing (or I'll force myself to sit and rather than producing I'll socially network).
This isn't the best course of action for someone working on building a career. To that end I'm going to shifting gears, letting FATAL INTENTION marinate while I get back to Strandville. I have all the time in the world to turn this book in. Why not follow my gut? Speaking of guts, DEPARTURE promises to be full of them! In the meantime, CURE is permafree on all e-reader platforms. If you haven't read books one and two, now's your chance to catch up. Reviews are always appreciated."
...and I meant it yesterday.
I have had it with the same story. Entering the third draft of FATAL INTENTION, it's hard to be objective or even interested in writing it anymore--like that piece of gum you chew until it's flavorless. This is all I've been working on for something like six months and I need a break.
Some would argue that it's time to step away (a day ago I would've been in that camp), but now's the perfect time for me to be critical. Any lags in the narrative are as visible as they'll ever be. While I am plagued by the urge to work on DEPARTURE, it's time to finish FI, to get it out for editing, and to submit it to my publisher.
There will always be a shiny new idea. An author friend of mine asked me the other day my opinion on him starting a new project or continuing a sequel he's already tens of thousands of words into. I think the answer is to stay the course otherwise nothing will ever get finished. It's time for me to take my own advice.