I've been working on my second book since 2011. Is that possible?
It started slowly. My protagonist Gwendolyn began to form back then, and the first few sentences came in the early days too.
And I remember being so excited to get started on that book and having to put it down to do another round of edits on Meet You There.
I'm caught in between analogue and digital when it comes to writing process. I still prefer reading and editing on paper and I think I've finally become whatever the writing-tool version of ambidextrous is.
So this past weekend, I wrote with my friend Kathy for a few hours (remotely, of course, on Slack). And I was reading over Summer Fallow because it's been so long since I touched it that I needed a refresher on basic plot. And I found that I really had just lost interest in the characters, the locations, the background ... Ugh. I didn't feel like working on it at all.
This could be because I've had another idea stewing lately and wrote a few paragraphs down the week before, just so I'd remember what I was thinking. Maybe that was enough - my brain shifted over to this new cast of characters and plot line. Or maybe I just took too long to resolve everything in Summer Fallow and now it's too late!
Is there an expiry date on works in progress?