Wednesday, September 21, 2011

I Can't Choose!

As I've mentioned before, I've been bouncing around between a couple different manuscripts, not quite finding a steady rhythm in either of them yet. I love both, in that I-Just-Met-You-Oh-My-God-You're-So-Hot-Way. But I'm finishing up a completely-for-fun screenplay, trying to get it out of my mind and off my plate, and then I've got to choose which manuscript I want to pursue next, as in try-to-get-published.

Manuscript #1: A YA Contemporary Romance

Manuscript #2: A Middle-Grade Adventure

I've done the YA Contemporary before, which crashed and burned, never quite becoming what I hoped it would. Middle-Grade Adventure is very, very new to me. I'm very nervous that I'm not doing it right. I read middle-grade from time to time, but not nearly as often as I read YA. It's been a while since I've been a teenager. But it's been even longer since I've been a kid, naturally.

I don't want to be insulting.

I don't want to sound stupid.

I don't want to be boring.

Who ever said writing for kids was EASY? God, it's so freaking nerve-wracking! Anyway - I'm finishing up the screenplay first. It's an idea that's been itching me for a few years, and I want it done, gone. This will be my break, but at the same time keeps my writing muscles in shape. In the mean time, I might write a bit in both manuscripts, here and there, and when November rolls around, hopefully I'll be ready to use NaNo to go full steam ahead!

How do you decide which idea to pursue? It's a big decision, knowing how much time and effort goes into one book. It could take up your entire year!


  1. Write the one you can't get away from. Chances are, when you finish your screenplay, one of them will chase you in your dreams, your thoughts, and will show up in the most random of places. :)

  2. Write what comes naturally and you will be happier as a person as well as an author.

  3. This is hard but you have to really think about both and go with the one that interests you the most. NOT the easy one...the right one!

  4. Oh, that is a hard decision! Sometimes you just have to start one and if the other one won't leave you alone, try that one instead. I know I could never write MG. Hard!