I just got off the phone with Sarah Harvey, my editor at Orca -- and besides discussing my latest book project, we compared notes about the writing life. I told Sarah how my favourite part is coming up with the next story idea. There's so much possibility at that stage and so much energy and excitement.
Sarah told me that though she has begun work on a new novel (I've already mentionedon this blog that Sarah is the author of a terrific YA book called Bull's Eye which I had to stay up and read all in one night), another story has been calling to her. The same thing is happening to me! It's like HAVING TOO MANY BOYFRIENDS AND THEY ALL WANT A DATE ON SATURDAY NIGHT!! For me, I find it's best to stick with one boyfriend (in my case, husband!!), er, I mean book -- and just jot down the other ideas for later. Since a novel is a fairly long undertaking, you've got to have stick-to-it-ive-ness (which also helps with boyfriends and husbands!!) Okay then, speaking of stick-to-it-ive-ness, I've gotta get back to my story. Talk to you later this week!
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Ah... I wish I had time to sit down an write. These days, I've been sorting through piles of documents to make sure they're entered in the database. Still, it's not to bad, since the people I work with are quite fun... but there are no stories around the office. Or maybe I'm not trying hard enough. But I will have one tomorrow, when my superior learns that I had to leave early for registration...
And, speaking of stick-to-it-ive-ness (love that neologism ), I suppose students can also stick to their teachers... I will be in your Stuff of Nonsense class!
Hi Monique! Just thinking...writing a novel might be good therapy for people who have trouble with commitments. I wonder...the reason I am still married (because I am a very restless person) might be entirely due to what I've learned in building, and seeing a novel through to the end. Hmm. I think I will go and tell my husband how lucky he is :-) ;-)