I feel like I'm asking myself this every day. The Mark has been out for months. The sequel, Vision, has been finished for months and is in the long process of production - edits, re-edits, line-edits, cover design, yadda, yadda. It's time for Book Three. The problem is I'm having The. Hardest. Time. focusing on it.
Which I can't believe since it's already half done. I'd written a-hundred-and-twenty-some pages during The Mark's editing/production process before I decided The Mark needed a sequel and I should write that instead. So, I set aside Book Three (which would have been Book Two) and wrote Vision.
Now I'm back at it and it's not going as smoothly as I'd hoped or expected.
Sometimes returning to an on-hold project is a what was I thinking? experience. But this isn't. I still like this story: the premise, characters, subplots - they're all still working for me. I just don't feel like I'm quite in the groove of it yet, even though I've been reading and re-reading these chapters for weeks now.
Which is exactly why I don't edit during the draft stage because, for me, stopping midway is killer. I lose that easy connection with the story where, even if I'm not really in the mood to write, I can still push through a scene and get mostly usable stuff. Instead, I find myself doing anything but pushing through Book Three.
Like, say, writing a blog post about how much I'm not writing.
Maybe this is writer's block. Even though I know where the story's going, I'm having to drag the words out. Whatever the case, the only cure is to stick with it and wait for the tide to turn.
Or take a fab vacation.
Anyone want to watch my kids?