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    Something of a Quandary

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Tom13, Nov 24, 2015.

    I've been working on a novel for a long time, it's a epic fantasy but set in a secondary world technologically equivalent to our 1920s-30s. I like it and am enjoying writing it, however.... I got about half way through and got side tracked.

    I had another idea for a novel, this time more of a literary piece. It's been simmering in my head for a long time until recently it has taken over from my other novel. I gave in and started writing it, it flows quite easily and again I'm enjoying it. The trouble is I am worried it will be boring. It does have a plot, but normally I write more action-y stuff and by comparison this is very slow. A lot of it is about the characters and how they develop.

    So, what should I do? Shall I continue with the fantasy novel, or the literary one? ARGH!
     
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    As long as you're actually sitting down and writing something, it doesn't matter which one you continue to write. A lot of writers juggle multiple projects, so work on whatever you feel like working on. Only you can make this decision.
     
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    ^^this, basically. If you're under some kind of deadline it might be different, but if you're just starting out I don't see any reason to rush things. Get a good start on both, and when you need to finish one then you might have to make a push.
     
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    This makes sense, however I'm not good at doing two projects at once. I need to get really into them. I may put up the opening chapter of each once my probationary period is past and see which people would rather read.
     
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    Why not finish the one you're working on before starting the next? You'll get to both of them sooner or later - and I feel that it might be a more productive path than worrying about which one people might or might not want to read.
     
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    I've been thinking long and hard about this. It makes sense to finish the story I've half written, and if I'm honest this one excites me more.

    I got to thinking about why it was languishing on a memory stick and letting my mind wander in the first place. I came to the conclusion it was because, although I knew where my characters were, and where they were heading at the end of this section, I had no clear idea in my head of how they would get there. A lot of people say they just write and see what happens, and this is what I thought I would do. However I really don't think this works for me. It feels like my characters have been treading water for the last few chapters, with out any real direction. I've planned things out a bit more in my head, and bang, suddenly I'm excited about writing it again.
     
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    Write the one that you want to write. I know this is a silly answer, but it is true. The one you enjoying writing more, have the most passion for, is likely to be the one that finds a reader.

    You should, however, be some what concerned if you jump onto another new project down the line, and have two unfinished works. If this is a repeating pattern, it is not the story that is the problem.
     
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    From my own experience: Finish what you have started.

    If this would be me this would not be a question what will sell better, but fundamentally if I have the stamina to fight through to the end.
    There was a time in my life (quite long actually) where I never finished what I started and that included stories, poems and a whole lot of other stuff. I am rapidly finding that finally sitting down and finishing all that takes a whole lot of work, but it is really satisfying!
    @thirdwind says that a lot of writer handle multiple projects and I suppose that is true. Possibly you are more suited to multiple projects but please don't go down the "unfinished business"-road ;)
     

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