Today's topic was chosen by Terri. She asks,
Do you focus on one project at a time, or do you have many irons in the fire at any given moment?
Please check out Shaun's answer before me and Rebecca's answer to be posted tomorrow.
The short answer is: It depends.
When I was writing KATANA, Rileigh's voice was the only voice inside my head. She was so much fun that I breezed through the first draft in a month. Crazy, right? I wanted to jump right into the sequel, but submission purgatory has me a little superstitious. I'm worried that if I start writing book two book one will not sell. I'm quirky like that.
But I can't NOT write. So I came up with two ideas, narrowed it down to one and started writing. My new MC, Edith, is quiet and depressed - a far cry from KATANA's Rileigh who obsesses over the perfect shade of lip gloss. So I find I can only write from Edith's POV in short increments lest I begin to become a bit depressed myself. Seriously, it's happened. So I write a chapter of BREATHLESS (Edith's book) every two weeks or so and the rest of the time I spend with Garrett and his friends. Garrett, my MC of Dragon Blood Dice, is 14, girl crazy, and his friends are a riot. He's just the life preserver I need when I find myself falling into a dark place.
So I wonder if I've strayed from the selected topic of multitasking to the topic of whether or not my characters impact me in real life. Hmmmm, I just may have found my blog chain topic for next week.
At any rate, when I find myself feeling down this video is always good for a laugh: