Sunday, October 14, 2012

Moving Forward, Staying Focused

So, BETROTHED has done well; a million times better than I ever anticipated.  ENRAPTURED releases on Tuesday (Oct. 16!), which is SO, so cool, because I super-duper love the story.  Not that I don't love BETROTHED, of course, but if you're a writer, you know what I mean.  There's always that one story who clings to a special place in your heart.  And you can no easier explain why than hold back the tide.  Amen?

All right, then, now I arrive at the point in the road when I must either continue writing what I'm writing or venture off into a completely different direction.  My husband asked me yesterday, "What if your readers want more of this kind of story?  What if they want the next spin off?  The next story in the Betrothal series?"

My answer?  They'll get what they want.  Just not right this minute.

For now, I've decided to keep at my current work in progress--which, by the way, I haven't touched in a month--and see where it takes me.  I've got a small idea of the distant direction in which I'm heading; I just don't know how I'm going to get there.  The biggest feat for me is staying focused, keeping my eyes and brain steady and looking ahead toward the ultimate goal. 

In the midst of consoling a toothing infant and dealing with the public at a day job, mind.

While other stories and plot lines sift into my thoughts and dreams, respectfully. "Write me! Write me! I've a much more interesting cast and promise excitement and mayhem, to boot!" 

Sounds crazy, I know, and it is a little.  After all, wasn't it E.L. Doctorow who proudly said, "Writing is but a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia"?

How do you stay focused and sane while working? 

Peace, Love, and Junior Mints,



Andrew Leon said...

Who said anything about sanity?

Alyssia Kirkhart said...

"In a mad world, only the mad are sane."

Andrew Leon said...

I feel like I should know where that comes from, but I'm not bringing it to mind.

Lela said...

Sane? *snort* I quit trying to find that a long time ago! It's much more fun being crazy! :)

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