I'm Doomed

  • Ivolet's about to get queried and needs some fine-tuned writing that is getting closer and closer to the non-edited stage. Writing speed: slow and intense. Listening a lot to the inner editor as I prepare to condense the first three chapters into one so that the story stars "as close to the ending as possible."
  • The Mistress Facade (my NaNoWriMo novel) is being written at the speed of light with no care in the world for repeated phrases and actions, poor grammar, or two-dimensional characters. First-person, (now) present-tense, the narrator is a bit shy and insecure. When I sit down to write this one, I'm on a timer to see how many words I can whiz out in 15 minutes.
  • And then there's Aftertaste of Revenge (or something like that - title still in the works) that I began in October. I'm writing this one without hurry, but it tends to come pretty fast. The narrator is, believe it or not, pretty snarky, and I love her to death because we all know snark usually isn't my thing.
And so I have a problem. (What, you thought this was just a what-I'm-working-on update?) Because I'm working on all three of these at the same time. I'm switching back and forth, ostensibly to keep my mind on its toes. But it's more on its toes than it really needs to be. I'm switching from slow, deliberate writing on Ivolet, Superman-speed writing on Facade, and just letting the voice flow from my fingertips on Revenge.

It's messing up my head. I can't switch from third-person princesses to first-person chamber maids to first-person murderers just like that. I'm not that amazing. ;)

But I want to write them all. Now. Here. To linger on one is to ignore the others, and I have an addiction to them all. Technically, Ivolet's editing is the most important, because she's soon to be queried. But then NaNoWriMo only has twenty-ish more days for Facade! And what about Revenge...it's the story that keeps having brilliant little things pop into my mind without warning. It should be at the bottom, but I don't want to leave it...

I'm doomed.

I guess we'll know at the end of November if I survive, eh?


Sara B. Larson said...

Trying to switch between different tenses, or POVs, is so hard! It totally messes with my mind. Good luck with everything. That's a lot going on!

Lydia Kang said...

Oh it would be too much for me too! When this happens I usually wait a bit and see which one I can't stop thinking about the most, and then I tackle that.
Good luck!

Maria McKenzie said...

Melody, I'm exhausted after reading your post! You might just want to work on one. Channeling your energy into only one set of characters might be more productive--and less stressful:).

Anne Gallagher said...

Yes, but like you said, Nano is only 20 more days (or something). Once Nano is over you'll have more time to do what you want with the others. I'd stick with the Nano first.