September 27, 2010

Focussing: Never my strong point

I'm having a difficult time focussing. I have been bombarded by ideas lately. Not that I'm complaining, but it is very difficult to focus on writing one book when two others are floating in my mind. So, lately it seems that I'm writing a chapter for this book, a couple of pages for that book, etc. No one book is calling to me any more than the others. I've read several blogs from published authors who say you should jot ideas down when they come to you but continue with the book you're working on or you'll never have a finished first draft. Well, amen to that. Now, if only I could make myself ignore the characters from the the other two book who are competing for my my undivided attention. The frustrating part about this is that there are months in my life where I have absolutely no ideas. I couldn't write a page if I tried, and then, boom! There's an idea rain shower. If only I could coax some ideas into waiting in line. Like tell them to take a number and wait for that number to be called. There is more than enough of me to go around, if you'll only wait your turn. 

So, what's a girl to do? Pick a story and stick with it. Listen to the published authors. Since I am equally enthralled with all three stories, at least for now, I am going to choose the story that is most complete. This would be the one that I'm 22,000 words deep into. My goal for this YA novel is 65,000 to 70,000. I'm a third of the way there. 

On a different note, I need to promote the novel The Maze Runner by James Dashner. I reluctantly began this book last week. When I say, reluctantly I feel I need to clarify. First, I don't enjoy reading novels without a strong romantic plot or subplot. Second, and I'm ashamed to say this, I don't often read novels by men. Completely prejudice, I know. This book was amazing, capital A. I couldn't put it down. I'd give you the run down, but instead, I'll ask you to check out the book trailer because it is equally amazing. 

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