I started a new book a couple of weeks ago. It’s taken me a while to get to the writing part since I’ve been doing a lot of charting out, character development, etc. I’ve written twenty-five pages and have probably another twenty-five charted out, so it shouldn’t take long to write them. I think the story is strong. I like the characters and the overall series idea, but I can’t shake the feeling that I’m working on the ‘wrong’ thing. Let me explain…or at least try to. My plan from the beginning of this year was to try to get as much new material together as I possibly could before I approached New York publishing again. It’s why I wrote a YA at the end of last year. It’s also why I put a list together of potential projects. That list included at least one more YA, an urban fantasy, and an urban fantasy romance. I put the latter on the list because I knew it was something I could write without difficulty. By that I don’t mean that the book would be ‘easy’ to write per se, more that it was a genre that I’m familiar with and wouldn’t have any challenges writing. If that makes sense.
Every writer has areas that challenge them. It may be specific POV’s or specific genres or craft issues. I’ve been slowly working on building my craft. Still have a long way to go. To be honest, I won’t ever be done learning how to make my work better. No writer will be, if they’re honest with themselves. A lot of times writers will avoid those areas that challenge them. It’s human nature to stick to your comfort zone and frankly, it’s easier. Twenty-five pages into my current book, I realized that’s what I was doing. I was sticking to my comfort zone, using it as security blanket because I’ve been afraid to face the work that truly scares me, the work that I’m not at all sure I can write. The whole situation has been rather sobering. I find myself at a crossroads. Do I continue on and finish the book that lies smack in the middle of my comfort zone or do I finish the partial and move onto one of the many projects that scare me? The decision is not nearly as easy as you might think.