Checking in a little late today, but I can report for my National Novel Writing Month goals that I got up and wrote for about an hour this morning.
The good news is that the words were flowing, but not with my novel edit. As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I started a new story today, a kernel of an idea I had while gardening this weekend. As I’m kind of stuck in my current novel scene, I jumped into this new idea to give me a creative jolt, and it worked — at least for the new story. I hope that after writing this story for a few days, maybe a week, I’ll be able to jump back into the novel filled with inspiration and ways to fix the scene. We’ll see.
In the meantime, it’s fun to explore this new character, see where he’s going, what he’s thinking. I usually prefer to work with the story already laid out, but as my husband was excited about the idea and I didn’t have the whole story figured out, I decided to jump in anyway. So far — granted, just one hour this morning — it has been a lot of fun just writing whatever comes to mind, heading toward a goal, but with what happens after that goal a complete mystery.
I’m going to stick with this new story for the next few days, until either I get stuck or I figure out the novel scene I’m having problems with.
I haven’t worked on two fictional projects at the same time before, but I know a lot of writers do. M. Night Shyamalan wrote The Sixth Sense in the evenings while he wrote his paying gig, Stuart Little, during the day. So, it’ll be an interesting challenge. I only hope I can do as well.
Do you work on more than one fictional story at the same time? If so, do they have to be really different, like Sixth Sense and Stuart Little? I’ll let you know how my experiment goes.
What are you working on?