Sometimes the story you want to write isn’t the story that wants to be told.
That was a thought I had this morning while I was contemplating what the ever-loving-fuck I was doing. You see, I’ve been working on Sleight of Hand, book 2 in the Syndicate series, but I’ve hit a couple of roadblocks in the process. I don’t necessarily like where the story has gone, but I can’t come up with a satisfactory way of changing it. Furthermore, should I change it? In a sense, I’m not creating these characters. They already exist somewhere in the ether, and I’m just a conduit for their voices. So, what gives me the right to tell them what they should do and when they should do it? Alright, I don’t want to get too metaphysical here, but what I’m trying to say is that even if I’m not happy with the story, that doesn’t mean that it isn’t the story that needs to be told. Even if it has me feeling like this:
Aside from that, I have two other stories who are eager to be told PLUS Rafael and his lady (Syndicate book 3) have started whispering in my ear. That means, there are three books plus the current project that are all clamoring to be told, and now my original timeline is fucked. One of the good things about being an indie is that timeline is totally self-imposed, and I don’t really have anyone to answer to but myself. I haven’t made any promises to my readers, but even if I had, I’m sure they’d be understanding of a slight delay. Right?
Which characters are speaking to me at any given moment varies greatly. I could spend an hour or two writing one story only to have a character from another story but in and demand my attention. Aaaaand, this is how I came to be writing three (or more) books at once!
Stories currently on the docket*:
- Sleight of Hand (Syndicate, 2)
- Contemporary second-chance romance
- Secret project
- Syndicate book 3
*Subject to change
One thought on “Sometimes the story you want to write isn’t the story that wants to be told.”
I know the feeling! I’m eager to get my third book moving past chapter 5, but a spin-off book keeps jumping to the front of the line. Plus, I seriously need to get writing done before the end of the school year!