Tuesday, April 14, 2009

I'm Sorry, I'm Already Seeing Someone

What I mean is ...

I'M SORRY SHINY NEW STORY IDEA, I CAN'T WRITE YOU BECAUSE I'M CURRENTLY WRITING SOMETHING ELSE!

Don't you hate it when that happens?

This is why the dream of the full-time-stay-at-home-writer is so great. Because then there would be enough time in the day to meet your word count for your WIP, edit your completed manuscript, query agents, research the most random "need-to-know" things (latest research: the differences between the left and right side of the brain), and START NEW MANUSCRIPTS!

I really wish I could share my idea with you, at LEAST that would be somewhat satiating, BUT it's currently a sekrit.

Will try to distract myself by FULFILLING FRIENDS WITH DEATH word count and buying books. I am srsly struggling with my first-person voice. Before I change my mind and re-write to 3rd person, I'm going to read some first-person YA authors and try to learn from them.

Currently in my shopping cart:

WICKED LOVELY by Melissa Marr
LET IT SNOW by John Green, Lauren Myracle, and Maureen Johnson
DEVILISH by Maureen Johnson
I'D TELL YOU I LOVE YOU, BUT THEN I'D HAVE TO KILL YOU by Ally Carter
THE GRAVEYARD BOOK by Neil Gaiman
HOW TO HOOK A HOTTIE by Tina Ferraro
WINGS by Aprilynne Pike
SILVER PHOENIX by Cindy Pon

What are you reading?

8 comments:

Eric said...

I feel your pain. I have an idea hanging out in the wings, and its in a completely different genre from my current WIP, and I have so far refrained from touching it so that I can keep to my words per day schedule. But damn that monkey keeps jumping on my back begging for attention.

Caryn Caldwell said...

LOL! I have that problem all the time. It's especially bad now because I'm just finishing my revisions (well, I hope they're nearly finished!) and am nearly ready to start on something new. So of course, every idea I've every had is fighting for me to focus on them next.

Christine said...

Hi Eric -

Maybe you can give the monkey a BANANA - jot down a couple sentences here and there. I don't want to stunt any creativity!

I've noticed that a lot of successful authors are wonderful at multitasking - editing and working on multiple work-in-progresses all at the same time. I'm trying to master that skill. I'm taking baby steps though, and am only working on one WIP instead of two (while editing my first ms and reading up on the genre).

Christine said...

Hi Caryn -

I don't know how many times I've "completed" revisions. Every time I think I'm done, I can always, always find something to improve a couple days later. I think it's a neverending process!

I think that's so cool that every story idea you ever had is fighting for your attention! We wouldn't write if it wasn't exciting and that sounds super exciting. I say try writing a first page for all those ideas, then you'll know which 2nd page you most want to write!

Joanna said...

Hey Christine,

I want to see your manuscript! Yours was close in the querytracker contest--contact me!

Joanna SV

Christine said...

Hi Ms. Stampfel-Volpe,

Wow! What an amazing surprise! I'll contact you soon. Thank you very, very much for this opportunity!

Christine

Iapetus999 said...

+1 on the wow
Now how do I get an agent to contact me??? Or even read my blog???

BTW I'm a working-at-home full time author trying to work on two projects at once and I'm finding it almost impossible. Even tho the new project is kewler than the one I'm currently shopping around.

Mary said...

I get a new novel idea at least once a week: "Get in line, buddy!"

I have an ARC of WINGS if you want to borrow it... there's a review on my site. It was actually pretty good.