Last week I came down with “second novelitis”. While I only have a few chapters left to write of my first novel, I had flashes of ideas for a second. I’ve had these flashes for a few months now and I normally (a) email the idea to mysef or (b) write it down on the corner of one of my gazillions of notebooks and thus can’t seem to find that corner easily later. But last week (c) happened. I actually wrote an incomplete scene for my “second” novel.
Before I started writing my first novel, I had tons of ideas that I wrote down, and lots of snippests of dialogue and even partially written scenes. It seems that the same thing is starting to happen for book #2.
The problem is that I really want to be even more organized with my second novel. I want to have all my notes and ideas in one place and in addition to this, there is a 2nd and possibly a 3rd story idea I was thinking of writing about next. Although, I think idea #1 is clearly in the lead. In fact I should probably focus and finish book 1 so I can organize myself for the onslaught of book 2.
As a result, I have really sucked on the word count and progress on WIP #1 this week. I think its one of my worst weeks in terms of progress: 2,600 words….but I did try to figure out Triberr a bit more. I will continue to try to learn how to use it better. I approved some tweets and gave karma, I’m getting there.
Hopefully this week will be a high production week. I think #teamsprinty will help me keep on task. Like Kait pointed out only 3 more weeks of ROW80.
I’ve heard other writers talk about getting excited about new ideas for thier next book. Has this ever happened to you? How did you keep the new ideas on the backburner simmering while you finish cooking what you’re currently writing?