First, I want to thank Cheryl for her post "How Do You Know Which Story to Work On?" which is making me brave about this blog post. I've been struggling with this issue for a long time. I'm usually a one-book-at-a-time girl, but lately I've been floating around from one potentially promising idea to another, working on things in cycles. But I might not finish anything if I don't allow myself to completely inhabit the book I'm writing, pushing aside other distractions (as pretty and interesting as they may be).
It's scary to choose just one. A new idea is so shiny and filled with possibility. It's not until I start writing and hit that "middle muddle" and realize "wait, this thing needs a plot - what does all of this mean?" that things get difficult. And that's when my mind wanders over to that other shiny, promising idea. But the fact is this: an idea can be fantastic, amazing, wonderful. But an idea is not a book. A book requires dedication, focus, work. It's not all fun, magical words tripping over themselves and onto the paper. At least, it isn't for me. I need to commit to one book. I hope I've chosen well.
And now, a gift for you. A fantastic book trailer from my dear friend, Anna Staniszewski. Enjoy!