Project Monogamy

I’m having an affair with another novel.

I want you to know I don’t normally do this sort of thing.  I’m actually quite square and straight-laced when it comes to my writing process.  I work on one project at a time and, on top of that, I even tend to have to write chronologically.  I can’t even cheat on my scenes… I have to do them in the order they appear, even if it means that I’m stymied for a couple of weeks while I do some research.

But… well, you know, technically I’m on a break from my primary novel.  So it’s not like I’m doing them both at the same time… not yet, anyway.

See, it’s like this.  I delivered the romance novel (DEAD IF I DO) to my publisher mostly on time, and now I’m waiting for the editorial letter.  Before this other project caught my attention, this was kind of wasted time for me.  I mean, yeah, I’ve got the next book in the Garnetverse under contract that I could start.  Thing is, in the past my editorial revision letters have made me, well, revise my manuscript – sometimes quite significantly. I’ve changed key character traits, rewritten larges sections, and even revamped the ending.  Thus I don’t really feel like I can start the next book without knowing how the last one ends officially.  That kind of “cheating” could really mess my relationship with the next book in the Garnetverse, you know? 

So what’s a writer to do?  When I’ve been in this place before, I’ve written short stories (though, between you and me, I’m not very good at the short form, so that can be its own kind of frustration).  Mostly, I wander the house talking to myself too much, which is to say more than I usually do. 

I normally would never consider another novel until I was done with the first one…. but, but…. it was an accident, I swear!  I thought, you know, I’d just write a proposal for it.  There’s no harm in that, right?  Then the next thing I knew I was ten pages into the book.  We just sort of fell in together.  I never meant to hurt the other project.

Maybe the other book never has to know.  It doesn’t help that I’ve gone back to an old love: science fiction.  The editorial letter could arrive any day.  What will I do?  What if my primary project can’t satisfy me like the side one?

I feel so dirty.

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  1. 1. S.C. Butler

    Shall we make you a scarlet W?

  2. 2. Jo Anne

    I am going to tell the other book unless you give me a million dollars. What do you say to that?
    Or could it be sibling rivalry?

  3. 3. Bran Fan

    I, for one, am glad to hear that you’ve returned to your first love. SF is good. Very good.

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Lyda Morehouse

Lyda Morehouse is the author of the science fiction AngeLINK series. She's won the Shamus and the Philip K. Dick Special Citation for Excellence (aka 2nd place). Her books have also been nominated for the Romantic Times Critics' Choice and preliminary Nebula ballot. She lives in the deep-freeze of Saint Paul, MN with her partner of twenty-odd years, their son, and lots and lots of cats (and fish!) Visit site.

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