(writing) Realizations

It’s been a week of those for me.  Realizations that my almost 40-year-old body cannot exist on 3 hours of sleep and amazing amounts of caffeine and sugar.  Realizations that it’s okay to say “No, I can’t do that tonight, because I’m exhausted.”

 

Realizations that I don’t write like everyone else, and that’s okay.

 

It took me a long time to realize that last one, and I’m still working on it.  I am kind of addicted to writing books (okay, let’s be honest – I’m addicted to books, period) and one of the things that a lot of books say is that if you want to be a professional author, you should be working on multiple projects, because that’s where the money is.  You should have something in edits, something in first draft and something in preplanning, at the very least, at all times.

 

You know what?  My brain, she don’t work that way.

 

I realized this, yet again, as I was trying to figure out why I was having so many issues getting into the world of Baker.  You know why?  Because I’m still firmly in Sapph’s world and that world, which is full of ghosts, is VERY different from Abby’s world of sympathetic magic.  I just can’t be in both worlds at once.

 

So I’m not going to try to.  And I’m not going to try and write what other people think I should write.  Yes, I like paranormal romances.  But I’m not sure that’s what I want to write (which might be why Midsummerland isn’t going anywhere).  I like ghosts.  I like dark magic.  I like Schrodinger.

 

Which means there’s a new plan.  (Bear with me.  There might be a new plan every week.)  I’m going to finish Sapph’s rewrite, and then start working on Schrodinger’s next adventure.  After that?  I’m not sure.  I kind of want to write Faerytale Princess.  But I also kind of want to write something TOTALLY different – like, say, epic space opera.  With Spelljammer-type pirate ships.  Flying on the Cosmic Web.  (Yes, this has been in my brain for a while).  I also have an idea for a darker urban fantasy, involving elves, goblins and a yet-unnamed third magical race and the UN.  It’s complicated.  But fun.  Did I mention Oberon goes nuts in it?  Yeah, that too.

 

We’ll see.  Let’s finish Sapph first.

 

 

2 Responses to “(writing) Realizations”

  1. Connie Cockrell

    Figuring out what works best for you is a big step. Congratulations! It sounds like you have a lot of stories on your plate, so jot some ideas down for each then focus on one at a time. You’ll be great!

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