Energy levels

C what I did there?

C what I did there?

Sometimes, I’m still amazed at how hard this writing gig can be. After recovering from the bronchitis I had last fall, I had several huge projects I wanted to get finished this summer.

Things have not worked out so well. Mistakes were made.

My first mistake was slogging through the re-write I was doing when I got the bronchitis. Once I had recuperated enough to finish, my creativity was tapped out.

Then, I immediately jumped into the next project on my schedule, a MINION sequel, instead of the next project I wanted to work on. This was a huge mistake, killing my creativity and ending with me throwing away 10,000 of 12,000 words written.

The thing is, I really want to do a re-write of the one science fiction story I wrote about five years ago. I have a friend who is editing a science fiction imprint and I’ve really wanted to work with him. Of course, just finishing a book is no guarantee he’ll want to print it, but I just thought it would be fun to submit something to him. I’ve been agonizing for weeks about dropping the sequel and working on this project.

This morning I gave myself permission to work on the science fiction piece, and I ended up taking on the MINION sequel with new vigor.

Seriously. WTF, brain.

4 thoughts on “Energy levels

  1. D. Moonfire

    Heh, I know that feeling. It can be a royal pain in the butt because you “should be” working on one thing but all the energy is somewhere else. Of course, the more you fight, the more you end up slogging through the thing you should be doing instead of the thing you want to be doing. I just couldn’t tell you which is better since the slog is needed to get things done.

    I guess the best thing to do is “just keep swimming” and eventually you’ll get done.

    … or end up in a fish’s gullet.

  2. Katy Sozaeva

    While I, for one, am dying to read a sequel to “Minion of Evil,” you need to work on what YOU want to work on! I’ll read anything you write, so do what you need to do for yourself; your fans will wait… (impatiently, but we’ll wait…) 🙂

  3. M T McGuire

    My brain’s a bit fried from an hour of repeated attempts to disapparate clouds, but for what it’s worth, I agree with Katy. Let your brain do it’s own weird thing. Good luck.



  4. M T McGuire

    BTW, I should add, I do entirely understand the pressure of producing a sequel. I’m in the home straight of the last book of a trilogy and although it’s great fun, it’s almost physically hurting me.


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