First, let me say I am not making fun or, or taking lightly, the seriousness of ADD by using that as a title. It’s just literally the only way I can describe what I feel like right this moment. So please don’t bother contacting me to tell me how this is a serious illness and it shouldn’t be taken lightly. I know. My daughter has ADD.
Now, on to my post…
I have Author ADD right now. Meaning, I have literally three (four if you count this blog post) writing projects going on at the moment and I can’t seem to focus on any particular one. First, I have Book 3 of the Flesh & Blood Trilogy I need to complete, and I’m only on page two (and not happy with what I have so far as it’s all info dump). Second, I have the new standalone I started last week called The Caller. I’m on chapter two of that book and I’m really enjoying it. Third, I have to at some point write bonus material for my readers which will be used in promoting my first novel when it comes out. This isn’t such a tight deadline and I have time, but I started it and I’m having fun with it. It’s an interview with Libby Carter that takes place right after the events of Book One have unfolded.
This does not include the fact that I was in the middle of re-watching the Philippa Gregory series called The White Queen (which I can't get enough of - the books or the series). And now I've just been reminded that 11/22/63 just started on Hulu and I have been waiting for this since it was announced last year! It's based on my all-time favorite Stephen King book (which you really should read, by the way) and it stars James Franco, one of my favorite actors.
So you can see the dilemma I’m facing. If I can keep the TV turned off, which project do I focus on? It’s a rhetorical question, of course. No one can answer that but me. But I can see the merits in focusing on each one of them. If I had to guess, I’d say Book 3 should take priority. But those other projects just keep pulling me back in. (The famous line from Godfather 3 is now playing over and over in my mind – “Just when I thought I was out…they pull me back in.”)
I’m sure I’m not the only author to struggle with this conflict. Especially ones who are hyper creative and love this art form as much as I do.
Well, that’s all I have to say today, folks. I just had to vent and let my fellow authors know that you’re not alone if you deal with this affliction, too. If anyone does have any suggestions on how to concentrate on just one thing at a time, I’m all ears. Facebook message me, Tweet me, email me, call me, whatever. I’m open to suggestions because this can’t go on forever like this or I’ll never get anything done!