Monday, October 17, 2011

Hard Decisions

Quote of the Day: "In the morning, after hard work, I took a comma out of one sentence.... In the afternoon, I put it back again." ~Oscar Wilde on doing revisions

For the past year I haven't written anything. At least not anything new. I've been working on revising and editing last year's NaNoWriMo project. So I'm really looking forward to November to churn out another train-wreck of a novel I can spend another year trying to fix.

But I can't decide what to work on! I've got three stories churning in my head, all screaming to be written.

Do I finish The Weaver, my Welsh fairy tale? I have a few chapters of that book already written, but they need a serious overhaul. So I'd be basically starting over. I love this book, and I worry if I don't finish it now I never will.

Or, do I write a new story that's been occupying my mind for a long time now, Son of a Thousand Faces, a very dark story that delves more into the paranormal (as much as I hate that word) than any of my other books.

Or, do I work on another manuscript I've been outlining. A Welsh ghost story called Revenant (previously titled Angel and Iron). A chilling and creepy tale. I've heard agents say they're looking for a good ghost story.

How do I choose? NaNo is only 14 days away!


  1. All of them! Well, okay, I want to read all of them! Ghost stories are good right now. I really liked you fairytale too.
    Wait, I know! Just pants it! LOL

  2. All of them! Hmmmm... better let me read all of them and decide which to work on :) and your new layout is awesome. And you totally have more followers than me.

  3. I think you know which one you want to write. Sit down and write it. That's what I say. (How helpful was that? :))

  4. Hi!
    I'm here to Pay It Forward--can't wait to take the Jane Austen quiz!

  5. thanks for stopping by my blog, Julie! I just signed up for my first nano, my username is prernapickett. Good luck with your new story, I love a good scary book.

  6. I think Revenant sounds good! And I like your current title, although I also really liked the compendium one because that word is so cool.

  7. Also, I just finished We Have Always Lived in the Castle for book club. I loved it! That girl is pretty messed up...

  8. I'm in a similar crossroads, but without NaNo. I've got 3 ideas for something new. The question is, which one? And I have a short story I need to finish and send somewhere. Hmmm.

  9. Ack, choices! It's the bane of every writer's existence. The best way I've found is to draw straws - and no matter the outcome, before you're done, you'll find yourself rooting for one particular story to win. That's the one you should write. (By the way, when you write more on The Weaver, I'd love to read it!)