Writing. *sigh* I’m avoiding it like the plague this morning. I’m not sure why, just am. The laundry and bills seem to be shouting louder than my WIP and I’m having a grand time flitting around blogs and visiting with my friends. I turned to my own blog in hopes of channeling my energy into something at least semi-productive.

I know what’s slowing me down. I’m trying to come up with an idea for a western series … because I’m totally enamored with cowboys. But I know there are readers who are looking for the third book in the XTC Resorts series (and I do love Ethan). So I’m stuck. I’m not working on either one.

I’m like that. Sort of a one-book woman.

There are authors who have multiple projects going and thrive on the schizophrenic jumping around of plots and characters. That is so not me. Which may be why I get stalled. I know I’ve mentioned this on numerous occassions, but Ethan Jacobs is just being uncooperative. He’s dragging his feet, unwilling (or perhaps unable) to find his stride and let me unravel his story. He’s a great matchmaker, but doesn’t seem to want to find his own forever love. I’ve promised him all sorts of stuff including some very hot sex in the dungeon with a very sexy woman who’s never explored her submissive side if he’ll just help me write his story. Ah hem. But does he throw me a bone? Um…. no.

So we go ’round and ’round but don’t make any headway. Now I’ve put him on the spot. I keep dangling Jonathon (Maid for Master) and Derek’s (Invitation to Ecstasy) happy stories in front of him, hoping Ethan will be so jealous he’ll want to jump on the band wagon. I’m not above a little peer pressure.

But it doesn’t seem to be working. My CP says move on. Write a story that’s singing to me. I can’t.

Don’t ask me, I just can’t. It’s not that I don’t have partial projects sitting on my computer … I do. But I’ve given them all a fair go and finally had to abandon them for lack of research, character motivation, or (dare I say it) lack of sufficient plot. (That’s not the case with Ethan, he has all that in spades.)

I know some of you out there are shaking your head, wondering what the heck I’m rambling about this morning. But the writer friends of mine totally get this.

So it made me wonder. How many projects are too many to work on? Are you the incredible juggler keeping several things in the air all at once or the jockey sitting astride one horse, focused completely on finishing this single race? Do tell. Inquiring minds want to know.

0 Responses to So how much is too much?

  • I must be a juggler. Sort of.
    One project writing a first draft of a book
    One project editing another book
    One project writing a short story
    I cannot write two first drafts of a book at the same time, though. And sometimes when I get hot and heavy editing, the writing takes a back seat. But short stories are little breaks (especially when I’m stuck).

    I don’t know Ethan (sorry), but maybe you should introduce him to your cowboy. Maybe the cowboy can help him find someone!

    • Stacy – I wish I could do the same. I’m thinking it’s time to venture out and give more than one story a try.

      (And Ethan and a cowboy … hmmm, maybe that’s the problem!)

  • I’m a one book writer. I can’t focus on two at one time. I wish I could. I have a hard time when edits come in and I’m working on a wip. The wip gets pushed to the side.
    Now, I hope you write Ethan’s story. It’s a must write!!!! 🙂

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