Well, friends- this week I have made a miracle breakthrough! I am finally ready to finish up novel one and move on to novel two. This exhilarating feeling has greatly perked my mood and my level of excitement. I have not felt this free in weeks!
I know that over the past couple of weeks I’ve been discussing how bummed out and hesitant I am to complete my current WIP. After all this talk it probably seems out of character for me to be so jazzed up about starting a new project. I can’t help it! After weeks of searching for something to brighten my mood, I have finally found the answer.
I started chapter one of book two!
Taking advice from a fellow author, JW Alden, I decided to start mapping out and playing around with my next WIP (work-in-progress.) As I did the first chapter became more and more clear in my mind until I had almost the entire thing planned and ready to type.
Once I got started I literally could not stop. And why would I want to? The chapter basically wrote itself! Admittedly going a wee bit over my lunch break, I managed to get close to finishing 1/3 of it in one sitting.
The new characters are growing on me, I’ve fallen even more in love with the old ones, and a new world is vividly emblazing itself in my mind. Novel two is finally ready.
And I am finally ready to type it.
So, by quasi letting go and dipping my toes in the pool of my next project, I was able to dive in and start swimming right off the bat. In fact, I have two hours left of work and the minutes are ticking by as if they were hours because all I want to do is go home and write!
I still have some writing left to do for the first draft of Lightbringer, and I’ll share my time between finishing up and beginning book two. It will still be sad to finish it off, I know, but nowhere near as devastating as I thought it would be prior to typing up this new writing.
From my learning experience this week I can offer this advice: If you feel hesitant to complete a project you’ve worked on for months (or, perhaps, even years,) test out the future and see what comes of it. In your new project you may find the closure that you need. Even if you don’t, part of you is actively working toward the future, and that is always a good thing.