When do you just move on from a project?
I’ve been writing for over 6 years now, not very long in the grand scheme of the world, but pretty long considering I’m only 32. I love writing, and I would like to make a good stab at traditional publishing. In order to do that, I’ve got to actually finish writing a novel–or, finish a good one.
I’ve heard that your first novel will suck, and that most likely, your second novel will also suck. Well, I’m kind of in limbo here. My first novel, a scifi romance, sucked. I’ve rewritten it twenty times, it still sucks. I’ve moved on–for now.
My second novel, an urban fantasy, doesn’t suck as much as the scifi. In fact, I think it’s got great potential, but I’ve been working on it for a few years now–on and off–and I’m starting to wonder if I should just chalk it up as a learning experience and move on.
I have a third novel in the works, another fantasy. It’s got great potential, and as far as structure and characters, is the best thing I’ve done so far. I’m writing it in thirds. I started it as a short story for a serial fiction site, but quickly recognized it could be a full length novel. I’ve done some plotting for the middle-third, but I haven’t actually started writing it yet.
My dilemma is, should I just give up on my urban fantasy? Shove it back into that drawer and never look at it again? I feel like if I jump into my new fanasy, I won’t go back, and I’m just concerned that I’m leaving something worth persuing on the table…
Maybe there’s no right answer to this conundrum. But I’m hoping my fellow writers out there will have had similar dilemmas and be able to pass along their experiences and advice.
I’d like to be a professional writer, and I worry that I’m being too emotional. My pro-oriented mind says move on, my heart says stay.
Any advice friends? Please leave a comment. We’re all in this writing thing together.