Three writerly things that are plaguing me right now
1. This is in Publisher's Lunch today:
"Welcome, new adult books. With six 'new adult' deal reports in the last month alone, we have created a new Deals sub-category for this growing genre. (You'll see it in the Fiction sub-category drop-down menu as well when using our deal report form.)"
Oh, the pressure! I have a few projects in the works that happen to fit the new adult category...so do I rush on them because this is a genre that's getting very hot, and potentially miss out on the chance to think them through and shade them more and make the better? Or do I work on them for a while so they're top quality, but miss the window of opportunity?
Actually, it seems like this genre is on the way up right now. Which means it actually may be hotter in a few months. I think it will explode this summer and still keep going strong for a while.
I take most books slow. I think they're at their best if I work on them when inspired. I keep a few projects going at once so I can take a break from one and work on another.
New adult will be around for a while. I thought the vampire trend wouldn't last so long...and it's still going.
2. Over-revising the beginning of my favorite novel-in-progress
I keep revising the beginning. I always do that. It sets the tone for the whole book. But by revising it so many times, it loses its surprise, and I begin to think it's bland and flavorless. It doesn't affect me anymore.
I have the urge to change it a lot now. Is that because it needs it, or because I've lost objectivity?
3. So many ideas, so little time.